Fall is just around the corner and so
is the flu season. Some might be wondering, when is the best time to get
vaccinated and who's most at risk for getting the flu?
This year's flu shots are ready to go.
Influenza vaccine manufacturers are already shipping out their stock for the
2013-2114 flu season.
According to the Centers for Disease
Control (CDC), more than 135-million doses of the vaccine are being produced
and large supplies should be available by this month and October.
The CDC recommends everyone 6 months
of age and older should get a yearly flu vaccine, no later than October.
Although last year was a tough flu
season in some parts of the country, it's difficult to predict at this time,
whether this year will be as bad.
The lack of predictability is because
flu viruses are always changing.
Young children, elderly and those
patients with immune system problems are more susceptible to developing health
problems if they catch the virus
The flu season, usually peaks in
January or February, but can reach its peak as early as the middle of fall.
This means it's important to get
vaccinated early, to make sure protection lasts the whole season.