When should you get your flu shot?

While some medical professionals may slightly differ on when to get a seasonal flu shot, all agree that getting a flu shot is better than not.

Flu cases generally start presenting in October, albeit very few, before rapidly rising in late November, lasting into late February, even into March before tapering off.

"It's difficult to predict when the season will peak," said Rhonda Leitch, RN, BSN, CIC, infection control specialist at McLaren Oakland. "However, there are no drawbacks to getting vaccinated early to have protection for the entire season."

She continued that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assures that the shot's effectiveness will not wane as the season progresses, despite some common perception to the contrary.

"The strains covered by the shot vary from year-to-year, decided upon by the World Health Organization," Leitch said, "but the shot covers both influenza A and B."

To get your seasonal flu shot, make an appointment with a family physician by visiting mclaren.org/oaklandappointments.