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Old 10-04-2018, 05:13 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I got mine Tuesday. Here in Florida our snowbirds start arriving in October or as soon as the colder weather hits up north. They bring a lot of flu down with them so I usually get mine in October.


And for those who don't believe in flu shots, the one year I neglected to get one, I got the flu and didn't think anybody could feel that sick and still live. I never skipped another one. I always get it the day before I don't have to go anywhere as I run a low grade fever the next day and don't feel 100%. Today I feel fine.
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Old 10-04-2018, 05:16 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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Flu seems off to an early start this season, so it may be wise to go on and take the vaccine now.

https://www.ajc.com/news/local/cdc-w...hjWsjF0IgINWM/

You might check with your doctor and see whether there are cases reported in your own community already.
Yes - my workplace's first flu shot clinic is next Monday and I was considering going somewhere else to get it sooner!
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Old 10-04-2018, 06:25 AM
 
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I work for a healthcare system and they’re already encouraging us to get them. If you worry about it you can always get a second in 4 months or so. Some of the infectious disease doctors here get two shots every year.
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Old 10-04-2018, 06:29 AM
 
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Can anyone explain how they know when the flu will start? It's like a planned event.

Also what is this about it 'wearing off' if you get it too early? Aren't vaccines lifetime immunity? That's the whole point and 'science' behind vaccines, right?
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Old 10-04-2018, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Can anyone explain how they know when the flu will start? It's like a planned event.

Also what is this about it 'wearing off' if you get it too early? Aren't vaccines lifetime immunity? That's the whole point and 'science' behind vaccines, right?
We can predict when flu season will be based on observation of past flu seasons. Then there is this:

The Reason for the Season: why flu strikes in winter - Science in the News

Flu vaccines provide protection only for the strains in the vaccine and that protection is not lifetime. That does not mean that no vaccines provide lifetime protection. Most do, which is the reason adults do not need boosters for all vaccine preventable diseases.
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Old 10-04-2018, 06:46 AM
 
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Flu seems off to an early start this season, so it may be wise to go on and take the vaccine now.

https://www.ajc.com/news/local/cdc-w...hjWsjF0IgINWM/

You might check with your doctor and see whether there are cases reported in your own community already.
I had my annual physical in mid September and my doctor said they had already seen confirmed flu cases.

(For the skeptics: No he wasn’t trying to sell me a shot. I told him I’d already gotten it and he then shared that cases were already coming in.)
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Old 10-04-2018, 06:48 AM
 
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Flu started in my area already. DH and I got our shots a week ago.....same as last year.
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Old 10-04-2018, 07:34 AM
 
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I had my annual physical in mid September and my doctor said they had already seen confirmed flu cases.

(For the skeptics: No he wasn’t trying to sell me a shot. I told him I’d already gotten it and he then shared that cases were already coming in.)
It's true that there were a few isolated early flu cases this year, but does that justify getting it so early that you're not adequately protected when you're much more likely to catch it -- when the flu is pandemic in February?
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Old 10-04-2018, 07:41 AM
 
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Can anyone explain how they know when the flu will start? It's like a planned event.

Also what is this about it 'wearing off' if you get it too early? Aren't vaccines lifetime immunity? That's the whole point and 'science' behind vaccines, right?
It's more prevalent in the winter because (theoretically) people are in closer contact in the cold winter months -- outdoors less and indoors more -- and also our immunity might be somewhat depressed due to lack of sunlight.

And no; protection begins to weaken after a few months, which it why it's not generally advised that one get it before October. Just because it's made available earlier doesn't mean that's the best time to get it.
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Old 10-04-2018, 07:52 AM
 
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I work for a healthcare system and they’re already encouraging us to get them. If you worry about it you can always get a second in 4 months or so. Some of the infectious disease doctors here get two shots every year.
Does insurance cover a second shot? I'll bet not...
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