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As a senior, when should I get the flu vaccine?

Dr. Aruna V. Josyula, MD
Geriatric Medicine Specialist

The flu vaccine is recommended for all adults age 65 years and older. It can be taken at any time during the flu season, keeping in mind that it does take two weeks after administration to become effective. Flu season in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. Usually, it is recommended to get the vaccine at the beginning of the flu season, around late September or early October.

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