Don't Go Get Those Flu Shots Yet

September 6, 2007 - Posted at 4:00 p.m. CST

Paragould, AR - Dr. Williams at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould says it's too early to get your flu shot.

"If you get it too early you may need a booster shot, so we would rather give it towards flu season, which is typically in January or February in the winter time.  But sometimes we can have an early season."

To make sure the imunization lasts, you can start getting flu shots 4 to 6 weeks before the season hits.

"That puts us in November or December, but there is no way to tell when the flu will hit. But CDC will sometimes tell us that they have seen it hit another country and for us to be prepared."

And it's not just the elderly who need to get their flu shots.

"Typically you pass germs through hand to hand contact as well as other methods, but if we immunize the school age children we will also be helping the adults and elderly as well."

"At age 6 months, you can immunize your young children but because of their immune status they may need a booster. So if you have a young child you may want to get their immunizations."

But before we get our flu shots for the season, Dr. Williams wants to remind us of one thing.

"The flu shot does not protect against a cold, but of course against the typical flu strain. However, during the first few days of a cold or flu the symptoms are the same."