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Patti Sapone | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Now. Or at least pretty soon, health experts say. It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to start working in your body. While the CDC recommends that people get vaccinated by the end of October, and even though the flu season usually doesn’t start ramping up until November and December, experts say there are a bunch of reasons you should get it over and done with.
Here are three reasons to get it done sooner than later:
- You’re busy and you’ll forget.
- Pharmacies might run out of certain flu vaccines that cover the three or four different strains during a given season (which is what happened last year).
- The flu is unpredictable and can start earlier some years.
“If vaccines are available … I would not delay,” Dr. David Cennimo, an assistant professor of medicine-pediatrics infectious disease at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School said in an email. “Patients are too likely to miss getting the vaccine because they were waiting.”