NEW YORK (NBC News) – The typical flu season doesn’t begin for at least another month, but experts say now is the time to start thinking about rolling up your sleeves and getting vaccinated.
Flu season can start in October, but it takes two weeks after you get vaccinated to be protected.
The Centers for Disease Control is now recommending most healthy kids between the ages of 2 and 8 get the nasal spray vaccine. There’s evidence it may be more effective than the shot for that age group.
About 100 children died last year of the flu. The vast majority had not been vaccinated.
“Over 40 percent of the children who died last year of influenza were completely healthy. They had no underlying illnesses,” warns Vanderbilt University’s Dr. William Schaffner.
Pregnant women are also encouraged to get the flu vaccine. The virus can lead to severe problems like pre-term delivery.