You can still get a flu shot in January, or even in February. Most people in the ‘high-risk’ category already have theirs, which means the shelves have been re-stocked and are ready for you.
According to TriWest, the flu shot this year protects against the headline-hogging H1N1 virus from last year.
CDC recommendations for flu shots
The CDC is recommending everyone 6 months or older receive a vaccination. Nine out of 10 healthy people who get a flu shot, don’t get the flu.
Receiving a flu shot is especially important for certain high-risk groups to decrease their risk for severe flu illness, according to the CDC. These groups are:
- Young children
- Pregnant women
- People with chronic health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease
- People 65 years and older
- Health care workers
- Caretakers who live with people at high risk