Why experts say the best time to get the flu shot is now

Flu activity is currently low in Georgia, but it often spikes in late November or early December

Thanksgiving is two weeks away, and the holiday typically kicks off a time of family gatherings and parties where people are in close proximity to each other. It takes about two weeks for a flu shot to provide protection, so experts say now is the perfect time to get one – before flu activity picks up. 

File photo of a flu shot. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Dr. Andi Shane, associate professor of pediatric infectious disease and global health at Emory University of School of Medicine and medical director of hospital epidemiology at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta believes the vaccine for the 2017-2018 flu season is predicted to be a good match to the circulating strains based on experience in the southern hemisphere. However, flu viruses can be unpredictable. And the Georgia Department of Health said it's too early to know whether or not this year will be a good match.Go to to read more about what you need to know about this year’s flu vaccine and how to best protect you and your family from the flu.

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