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It's not if you should get a flu shot, but when healthcare community advises

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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Dr. Wayne Davis Jr. of Immediate Care - Pelham said getting flu shots too early will have what is called the

Jim Fair

Dr. Wayne Davis Jr. of Immediate Care - Pelham said getting flu shots too early will have what is called the "waning immunity" effect.

 

 



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Flu shots signage outside of BI-LO located next door to Immediate Care-Pelham. BI-LO is partnering with ICC-Pelham with administering flu shots.
 
 
 

Flu shots signage outside of BI-LO located next door to Immediate Care-Pelham. BI-LO is partnering with ICC-Pelham with administering flu shots.

 

 

 



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A CVS pharmacy advertises flu shots. The employees at this store have already received their flu vaccinations.
 
 
 

A CVS pharmacy advertises flu shots. The employees at this store have already received their flu vaccinations.

 

 

 



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Did you know?
In a recent British study according to the Daily Oklahoman, researchers found that those who received vaccinations in the morning had significantly stronger immune responses than those who got their shots in the afternoon. Researchers didn't elaborate.
 
 

Did you know?

In a recent British study according to the Daily Oklahoman, researchers found that those who received vaccinations in the morning had significantly stronger immune responses than those who got their shots in the afternoon. Researchers didn't elaborate.

 

 



It’s generally known a flu shot is advantageous, but when to get one is a matter of opinion according to doctors, pharmacies and the Center of Disease Control.

Dr. Wayne Davis, Jr., of Immediate Care Center – Pelham, said, “We (staff) get our flu shots in September and it lasts through flu season.”

CVS Pharmacy is advertising flu shots and suggesting customers get their flu shots now. “We’ve already gotten ours, based on our doctor’s recommendation via the CDC,” said a pharmacist who said they were not allowed to speak for the company.

Interestingly, BI-LO who is partnering with ICC-Pelham with issuing flu shots are also marketing them now. 

“Getting flu shots too early, you will lose some of the immunity,” Davis said. 

CVS Pharmacy is advertising flu shots and suggesting customers get their flu shots now. “We’ve already gotten ours, based on our doctor’s recommendation via recommendation by the CDS,” said a pharmacist who said they were not allowed to speak for the company.

Interestingly, BI-LO who is partnering with ICC-Pelham and next door to the clinic, is issuing flu shots and also marketing them now.

“Getting flu shots too early, you will lose some of the immunity,” Davis said.

“In terms of when to get your seasonal flu vaccine, it’s important to know that it takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body’s immune response to fully respond and for you to be protected so make plans to get vaccinated,” Kristen Nordlund, spokesperson for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, stated in an email to GreerToday.com.

“Seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May. In the United States, flu activity most commonly peaks between December and March,” Nordlund stated.

“CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible. However, getting vaccinated later can still be beneficial. CDC recommends ongoing flu vaccination as long as influenza viruses are circulating, even into January or later.

“Children aged 6 months through 8 years who need two doses of vaccine should get the first dose as soon as possible to allow time to get the second dose before the start of flu season. The two doses should be given at least 28 days apart.”

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