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Can you get your flu shot too early?


It’s a great debate. When should you get your flu shot? Can you get it too early or too late? There are multiple opinions and factors that play into the answer. Are the virus and the vaccination well matched? What is your age and health history? What part of the country do you live in?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone over the age of six months get a yearly influenza vaccine. The flu season varies by region of the country but typically starts in November and peaks during January and February. Keep in mind, each year may be different.

The CDC says it’s safe to get the vaccine as soon as it’s available. Generally, it will remain effective for six months, however previous studies have found that the flu shot may wear off sooner, especially in older adults. The strain of flu and the vaccine produced also play a factor in how effective it is throughout the season.

Since you need at least two weeks for your body to build up the antibodies, federal health officials recommend getting the vaccine before the end of October. But they also say an early vaccine or a late one is better than no flu shot at all. If you have questions or concerns, you should consult your physician or health care provider.

At Lewis, we’ll be starting our flu shot clinics starting September 27,2018. See our calendar of events or look below for the clinic location nearest you.

Sioux Falls: Sept. 27th, 8am - 7:30pm (Downtown is Walk-ins)
Brandon: Oct. 6th, 8am - Noon
Huron: Sept. 27th, 9am - 2:30pm
Madison: Oct. 2nd, 8:30am - Noon
Brookings: Oct. 2nd, 9am - 5pm

Lewis Family Drug Locations having Flu Shot Clinics

South Dakota:

Chamberlain: Oct. 3rd, 9:30am - 3:30pm
Dell Rapids: Oct. 2nd, 9am - 5pm
Lennox: Oct. 5th, 8:30 - 11:30
Milbank: Oct. 3rd & 15, 9am - 5pm
Mitchell N.: Oct. 2nd, 9am - 1pm


Sheldon: Oct. 2nd, 8am - 6pm
Sibley: Oct. 23rd, 9am - 4pm
Spirit Lake: Oct. 3rd, 8:30am - 2pm


Appleton: Oct. 4th, 9am - 5pm
Browns Valley: Oct. 18th, 9am - 5pm
Graceville: Oct. 11th, 9am - 5pm
Ortonville: Nov. 1st, 9am - 3pm
Windom: Oct. 11th, 8am - 5pm

DISCLAIMER: This article is provided for informational purposes only. It should not replace or be used as a substitute for the advice of a qualified, licensed physician or health care provider.

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