SAFE IN 60

Safe In 60: Why October Is The Best Time To Get A Flu Shot

Oct 14, 2019, 6:42 AM | Updated: 7:06 am

SANDY, Utah – The recent chill in the air means the dreaded flu virus isn’t far away. Almost 50 million Americans came down with the flu in the 2017-2018 season. 80,000 died. That’s why prevention is so important.

Although handwashing and other precautions may help lower the risk of contracting the flu, the most effective method is still the flu vaccine.

With rare exceptions, everyone over the age of six months should be vaccinated. That’s especially true for people over 65, pregnant women, young children, and people who have health issues that can be worsened by the flu, such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes.

The flu shot causes antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after the vaccination. Those antibodies provide protection against influenza.

Because influenza viruses constantly change and adapt, getting a shot every year is important to target the current strain.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends getting the flu shot by the end of October, before the virus really starts to spread. But getting vaccinated anytime during flu season can still be beneficial.

Flu vaccines are offered in many doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies, and by many workplaces and schools. Find available flu shots in your area here: https://vaccinefinder.org/.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Safe in 60

FILE: Goolsby Elementary School third grader Ava Dweck (L), 9, and fourth grader Luca Conrad, 10, t...
Robin Heiden, KSL TV

Safe in 60: Keeping children safe online during new school year

Students are heading back to school across Utah, and it's a good time for parents to talk with their kids about online safety.
10 months ago
(KSL TV)...
Robin Heiden, KSL TV

How To ‘Summer Safely’ On Utah’s Roads

Historically, Memorial Day to Labor Day is considered the deadliest time on Utah roads when fatal crashes nearly double.
1 year ago
...
Robin Heiden, KSL TV

Five Poisonous Plants To Watch Out For In Utah

Every year around this time, Utah Poison Control sees an uptick in cases in which adults and children are exposed to poisonous plants or mushrooms.
1 year ago
...
Robin Heiden

How To Pick The Right Helmet For Your Child

Make sure you take time to find a good helmet — they reduce the risk of head injury by 88%.
1 year ago
...
Robin Heiden, KSL TV

Tips For Drivers, Motorcyclists To Safely Share The Road

Motorcycle riders are 28 times more likely to die in a traffic collision than occupants in passenger cars.
1 year ago
FILE (Dan Spindle/KSL TV)...
Robin Heiden, KSL TV

5 Steps To Take To Prevent A Car Burglary

Car burglary numbers climbed 12% last year, and these types of crimes are often difficult for police to solve.
1 year ago

Sponsored Articles

hand holding 3d rendering mobile connect with security camera for security solutions...
Les Olson

Wondering what security solutions are right for you? Find out more about how to protect your surroundings

Physical security helps everyone. Keep your employees, clients, and customers safe with security solutions that protect your workplace.
Many rattan pendant lights, hay hang from the ceiling.Traditional and simple lighting....
Lighting Design

The Best Ways to Style Rattan Pendant Lighting in Your Home

Rattan pendant lights create a rustic and breezy feel, and are an easy way to incorporate this hot trend into your home decor.
Earth day 2022...
1-800-GOT-JUNK?

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day 2022? | 4 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Protect the Environment

Earth Day is a great time to reflect on how we can be more environmentally conscious. Here are some tips for celebrating Earth Day.
Get Money Online...

More Ways to Get Money Online Right Now in Your Spare Time

Here are 4 easy ways that you can get more money online if you have some free time and want to make a little extra on the side.
Lighting trends 2022...

Lighting Trends 2022 | 5 Beautiful Home Lighting Trends You Can Expect to See this Year and Beyond

This is where you can see the latest lighting trends for 2022 straight from the Lightovation Show at the Dallas World Trade Center.
What Can't You Throw Away in the Trash...

What Can’t You Throw Away in the Trash? | 5 Things You Shouldn’t Throw in to Your Trash Can

What can't you throw away in the trash? Believe it or not, there are actually many items that shouldn't be thrown straight into the trash.
Safe In 60: Why October Is The Best Time To Get A Flu Shot