After Two years of the United States being locked down to protect citizens from catching COVID-19. There was a sign of the flu appearing this fall causing a flu season. Professionals are trying to get people to get their flu shot to protect them this upcoming fall.
Experts aren’t so sure if the citizens should take the flu vaccination right away. The problem they are dealing with is that many people such as children may have little immunity against respiratory infections because of the masking. The CDC explains that children will be alright if they take two flu shots but each shot should be one month apart in order to start building immunity.
For elderly people, experts do not recommend they take the flu vaccination right away to hold off until flu season begins to take the shot. This is because immunity can wane. Some exceptions of pregnant women who are in their third trimester who possibly consider vaccination in order to be protective and pass it on to their babies after birth. In addition to the flu vaccine, there is going to be another vaccine being offered to the public. Which is called the COVID-19 bivalent booster shot which is only recommended for ages 12 and under. Some people are most likely to experience systemic side effects. The side effects are going to cause headaches and fatigue which science reported to be mild effects that won’t be very lasting.
Flu Shot Requirement
Every year the united states yearly routine requires a new flu vaccination to help every American get through fall. The CDC notes for all Americans should get their vaccine in September no later than the end of October. Many healthcare systems require their employees to get their flu vaccine. Persons who receive their vaccine too early can risk becoming sicker in the late winter. The same for people who receive their vaccination too late can also suffer right now.
If higher doses of the vaccine were offered to elderly people should increase the immune system to a greater degree. Studies state it can also be true if there were to be more provocative vaccines made with ingredients called adjuvants that activate more of the body’s defensive sensors. Even After three to four months, the flu vaccination mark has passed the body’s anti-flu defense does not quickly increase right away.
written by Jermaine Quiroz
The Atlantic: When Should your Perfect Time to Get a Flu Shot?
Live Science: When should you get the flu shot?
NPR: How to time your flu shot for best protection
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