When is the best time of year to be vaccinated?
If you follow us on email or socials you would have read about the spike in summer flu this year. The overall increase in diagnosed cases of the Flu in NSW and across the nation compared to the same time last year (a whopping 300% increase in NSW!).
With all our talk about the flu, you may be wondering when the best time is to get a flu shot?
Strains of the influenza virus circulating around the community often change from year to year. This, plus the fact that flu vaccinations are relatively short lived in comparison to other vaccinations (such as tetanus), means it is important to be vaccinated against the flu each year.
As reported by ABC news and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza, delaying flu vaccination until July or August when the flu season is well underway, will significantly increase your chances of contracting the flu.
Mid to late May and early in June is the ‘sweet spot’ to maximise protection levels before the flu virus circulates.
[Source: ABC news, Immunisation Coalition]