The CDC recommends getting your flu shot no later than the end of October
The CDC’s most recent guidelines recommend getting your flu vaccination no later than the end of October this year. Getting vaccinated for the flu is particularly important among people who are 65 or older because of their high risk for severe illness and complications. In fact, during most flu seasons, between 70-90% of flu-related deaths affect people 65 and older because human immune defenses become weaker with age.
If you’re older than 65, the CDC recommends that you get the flu shot and not a nasal spray vaccine. There are two versions of the vaccine that are approved for people over 65: a “high dose” vaccine and the adjuvanted flu vaccine. Both of these versions have been shown to be more effective than regular dose flu vaccines; you can learn more about them here.
While the flu vaccine isn’t perfect and doesn’t protect against all strains of the flu, it is your strongest defense against the disease. Getting vaccinated reduces your likelihood of getting the flu and also lowers your chances of passing it on to other people in your community – including people who are most vulnerable, such as babies and young children.