Timing is everything when it comes to getting your shots. To ensure you’ll receive the greatest benefit from each vaccination in prep for another winter virus season, follow our guidelines below on when to receive them.
Not sure if you’re eligible? The Covid-19 booster and flu shot are recommended for everyone six months and older, while seniors and some pregnant women are the only groups who can receive the RSV vaccine.
Experts say you should get a booster now unless you recently had Covid.
If you had Covid over the summer, you can wait three to six months before getting a booster. It’s not harmful to receive a shot now, but it’s not required since you likely have antibodies from your recent infection and are protected. Another reason to wait? Getting a booster too soon after having Covid could lead to more side effects.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people should schedule their flu shot for September or October, but November or even December works, too. Pregnant women in their third trimester and some children who need two doses could have received the vaccine earlier in the summer.
If you come down with the flu before you’ve been vaccinated, go ahead and get a flu shot around a month later. The flu vaccine offers protection from four strains or types of influenza, so you still need protection from the strains you didn’t have.
It’s best to receive the RSV shot sooner rather than later because RSV activity is rising, and RSV often peaks earlier in the season than other respiratory viruses.
Getting the appropriate vaccines at the right time can help you stay your healthiest. And when you aren’t feeling your best, we’re here to help. If you have ear, nose or throat issues, request an appointment today for a checkup.