Flu Shot Season is Here, But When is Really the Best Time to Get It?

When to Get a Flu Shot: What the Experts Say

Fall is upon us, which usually means cooler weather, the start of holiday planning — and those “get your flu shots here” signs that seem to be everywhere you look. Although by now, most of us know that getting a flu shot is the best shot at reducing the chances of getting influenza, it may be a surprise that when to get a flu shot is a just as important as getting one in the first place.

The flu not only can cause severe cold symptoms, including a sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, hoarseness and cough — but it also can be life-threatening. In a typical flu season, flu complications — including pneumonia — send more than 200,000 Americans to the hospital and kill an estimated 36,000 people annually, per Harvard Health statistics.

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