The science is still out on this, but getting a flu shot NOW might be better than getting one back in July or August.
Some experts think they can start to wear off by the time flu season hits, especially if you’re over 65. And another recent study found the time of DAY might matter too.
Researchers in England looked at 276 people who either got their shot in the morning, or the afternoon. And they found the shots worked a lot better for the ones who got them in the morning.
They tested each person’s blood for the type of antibodies you get from having a flu shot . . . the more you have, the less likely you are to get sick. And the ones who got their shots in the morning had WAY more antibodies a month later.
It’s not clear why, but they think it might have something to do with how your white blood cells circulate through your body during the day.
Don’t stress out if you can’t go in the morning, or already got one in the afternoon though. Getting a flu shot ANY time of day is still better than no shot at all.