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Wed Sep 7, 2022, 02:40 PM

Got my booster today and asked for a flu shot too but...

...I was told I should wait until late this month or early next month for the flu shot as the flu shot doesn't last as long and if I had it today, I could still get the flu later. I wasn't aware of that so I will wait till then.

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Response to 40RatRod (Original post)

Wed Sep 7, 2022, 02:42 PM

1. We were told

that the Covid booster would not be available here for 3-4 weeks. Great.

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Response to 40RatRod (Original post)

Wed Sep 7, 2022, 02:42 PM

2. Mixed messages....

I understand you are correct....can get both at same time.... but wither way...the covid-19 vaccine first was the best choice.

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Response to 40RatRod (Original post)

Wed Sep 7, 2022, 02:43 PM

3. huh?

more likely they just didn't have any flu vaccine

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Response to 40RatRod (Original post)

Wed Sep 7, 2022, 02:45 PM

4. Correct, immunity wanes, so they recommend waiting until October.

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Response to tableturner (Reply #4)

Wed Sep 7, 2022, 02:52 PM

8. see my post below. Anytime between September (now) and late Oct. CDC believes this could be

both an early and more severe flu season based on the southern hemisphere's seasonal flu activity and because of COVID-related changes in flu activity (and immunity) over the past two years.

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Response to 40RatRod (Original post)

Wed Sep 7, 2022, 02:47 PM

5. We use to wait until early November, but more and more

people are now getting flu shots. If you wait too long they are hard to find, especially if you need the over 65 flu shot. My advice don't wait too long. Early October should be okay.

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Response to 40RatRod (Original post)

Wed Sep 7, 2022, 02:48 PM

6. There is no consensus on that. Some years influenza starts early and others a major spike

in January-February. It is true that influenza vaccine immunity wanes over 4-5 months. That said, data from the southern hemisphere (and factors associated with trends over the past two years) has CDC worried that this is going to be a more severe flu season--and possibly an earlier season, so they are certainly not recommending waiting, but rather that you get it anytime between September and the end of October. You need to give yourself time to develop full immunity before your community starts seeing major flu activity and at least several weeks before major events or travel. I got mine today and will get bivalent COVID tomorrow. I would have gotten it on the same day but am receiving mine to work around my schedule at two venues.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/28/health/flu-shot-influenza-covid-booster-2021-wellness/index.html
A potentially early and severe flu season could result from relaxed pandemic safety measures and the population's reduced immunity to the flu after months of avoiding situations where viruses can spread, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said.

Flu season typically lasts from October to May in the Northern Hemisphere, and from April to September in the Southern Hemisphere, according to the CDC. The best time to get a flu vaccine -- which reduces the risk of serious flu-related illness, hospitalization or death -- is any time between September and the end of October, the CDC suggests.

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Response to 40RatRod (Original post)

Wed Sep 7, 2022, 02:48 PM

7. That is what I try doing.

My experience is getting the flu in Feb or March. Want to make sure shot will last that long.

Of course it helps if I am not around people much.

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Response to 40RatRod (Original post)

Wed Sep 7, 2022, 02:58 PM

9. Mixed messages.

I got the flu and booster yesterday.

The pharmacist said it is going to be a bad flu season so get it now.

And for me personally I am more active in the fall and holiday season.
I don't go out in the ice and snow in Jan and Feb.
So I wanted the coverage for now.

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Response to 40RatRod (Original post)

Wed Sep 7, 2022, 03:30 PM

10. After the last time I took two immunizations at the same time

My lymph nodes were sore and my arms didnít hang at my sides anymore but stood out like the Michelin lady. For a couple of weeks. That was flu and shingles.

Anecdotal but hundred percent mine

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Response to 40RatRod (Original post)

Wed Sep 7, 2022, 03:37 PM

11. My PCP office is already having their flu shot clinic.

Iím scheduled for next Friday, the 16th. Iím also scheduled for CV booster on Monday the 12th.

No problem getting an appointment. Could have gotten it this week but wanted to wait until US Open is over as I donít want to feel crummy and not be able to enjoy the matches.

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Response to 40RatRod (Original post)

Wed Sep 7, 2022, 03:43 PM

12. Made online appt last night for new Moderna, got it at 1100 today at Publix pharmacy, I was only one

No line. They had all my info from previous shots, easy peasy, squeezed info in on same shot card, lol

Never had any bad reactions, all Moderna, nothing but sore arm, #5

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Response to 40RatRod (Original post)

Wed Sep 7, 2022, 03:48 PM

13. I used to volunteer at our local hospital

and we were required to get a flu shot or work with a mask during flu season. October 1st was the deadline.

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Response to 40RatRod (Original post)

Wed Sep 7, 2022, 03:53 PM

14. I have gotten my flu shot in September..

but every single time, I got the flu in early March. Most years I wait till the first week in October. That seems to get me through.

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Response to 40RatRod (Original post)

Wed Sep 7, 2022, 04:57 PM

15. Better to get it early in my opinion

I'd rather catch the flu late in the season with waning immunity than early in the season with zero immunity.

I got both jabs today.

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Response to 40RatRod (Original post)

Wed Sep 7, 2022, 05:15 PM

16. I watch the flu map and try to wait until the flu gets here.

I got it once in Sept. and then came down with it in April. Mild case, but now I watch the map and try to wait until Nov.

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