Why Do You Need 2 Flu Shots?

Do you need two flu shots?

The short answer is no.

Flu shot recommendations remain the same, and unless you are under nine years old and have never gotten a flu shot before, a second dose is not recommended, says Dr.

Kelly Moore, associate director for immunization education at the Immunization Action Coalition..

Do you need 2 flu shots this year?

All infants, children and adults# All people ≥6 months of age are recommended to receive annual influenza vaccine. A single annual dose of influenza vaccine is recommended for most people. Usually, receiving 2 separate doses in the same season is not recommended, but not contraindicated.

Is the flu shot bad for babies?

But here’s one less thing to worry about: getting the influenza shot is perfectly safe for babies 6 months and older. It’s also important for preventing scary flu-related complications—like pneumonia and dehydration—that can arise in children younger than 5 years old.

How many months is a flu season?

In the United States, flu season occurs in the fall and winter. While influenza viruses circulate year-round, most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, but activity can last as late as May.

Do you have to wait 12 months between flu shots?

The flu shot offers protection against the flu for about 6 months. A person should get a flu shot every year, and the best time to get one is the end of October.

Is there a downside to getting the flu shot?

Severe allergic reaction Some people may have a negative reaction to the flu shot. If you have a negative reaction to the vaccine, symptoms usually occur within minutes to hours after receiving the vaccine. Symptoms may include: difficulty breathing.

How long do flu shots last?

How long does immunity from influenza vaccine last? Protection from influenza vaccine is thought to persist for at least 6 months. Protection declines over time because of waning antibody levels and because of changes in circulating influenza viruses from year to year.

Can you get flu shot twice?

In adults, studies have not shown a benefit from getting more than one dose of vaccine during the same influenza season, even among elderly persons with weakened immune systems. Except for children getting vaccinated for the first time, only one dose of flu vaccine is recommended each season.

How long is the flu contagious?

Typically, you’re contagious from 1 day before you have any symptoms. You stay that way for 5 to 7 days after you start feeling sick. Kids and people with weak immune systems may shed the virus even longer.

Is it too late to get the flu shot 2020?

Typically, winter epidemics of influenza (“flu”) hit hardest in December through February. But they can start as early as late September and last as late as May. So the best time to get your annual flu shot is in mid-October.

Will 2 flu shots hurt you?

It certainly isn’t unsafe, Kridelbaugh said, but health officials aren’t recommending a second flu shot, even if you got vaccinated early in the season. “There’s no harm in getting a second vaccine, but I’m not aware of any expert recommendation to do it,” Kridelbaugh said.

Why do babies need 2 doses of the flu shot?

Who Needs Two? The first vaccine “primes” the body’s immune system and the second helps the body develop antibodies to the influenza virus. Young children are less likely to have come into contact with the influenza virus so getting two is important to ensure they are protected.

When should I get flu shot 2020 2021?

Getting vaccinated in July or August is too early, especially for older people, because of the likelihood of reduced protection against flu infection later in the flu season. September and October are good times to get vaccinated.

What is best month to get flu shot?

Getting your flu shot in October gives the vaccine enough time to kick in and keep you protected throughout the entire flu season.

How effective is the flu shot 2020?

CDC’s influenza vaccination coverage reports show that overall flu vaccination coverage (among people 6 months and older) during 2019-2020 increased from the previous season to nearly 52%.

Why do babies need a flu booster?

To protect their health, all children 6 months and older should be vaccinated against flu each year. Vaccinating young children, their families, and other caregivers can also help protect them from getting sick. These children are more likely to have severe flu illness that results in hospitalization or death.

Are all flu shots the same 2020?

Are all influenza vaccines the same? All influenza vaccines contain antigen derived from the same influenza viruses, with the one difference being that trivalent vaccines have 3 different antigens and quadrivalent vaccines have four different antigens (the same three that are in the trivalent vaccines, plus one more).

What flu is going around 2020?

Influenza B Strain Dominating Early in the 2020 Flu Season.

What strains are in the 2020 flu vaccine?

The committee recommended that the quadrivalent formulation of cell- or recombinant based influenza vaccines for the U.S. 2020-2021 influenza season contain the following:an A/Hawaii/70/2019 (H1N1) pdm09-like virus;an A/HongKong/45/2019 (H3N2)-like virus;a B/Washington/02/2019- like virus (B/Victoria lineage);More items…•

How long does the 2020 flu last?

How Long Does It Last? Most symptoms get better after about 5 days. But sometimes they can last for a week or more. Even if your fever and aches are gone, you can still feel drained for a few weeks.

What is the difference between regular and senior flu shot?

In response to a regular flu shot, older people produce 50% to 75% fewer antibodies, which protect against the vaccine antigens, than do younger adults. Studies have found higher antibody levels in older adults who received high-dose flu vaccines than in those who received standard flu vaccines.