What strain of flu is going around 2020?
“Flu activity is currently being caused mostly by influenza B/Victoria viruses, followed by H1N1 viruses and H3N2 viruses.
It is unusual for there to be this much influenza B activity at this time of year.”.
How effective is the flu shot for 2020?
CDC’s influenza vaccination coverage reports show that overall flu vaccination coverage (among people 6 months and older) during 2019-2020 increased from the previous season to nearly 52%.
Is the 2020 flu shot available?
There are two new vaccines licensed for use during the 2020-2021 flu season. The first is a quadrivalent high-dose vaccine licensed for use in adults 65 years and older. This vaccine will replace the previously licensed trivalent high-dose vaccine.
Is it too late to get a flu shot March?
In the United States, flu season is from October to May. Most cases happen from late December to early March. It’s best to get the flu vaccine early in flu season, ideally by the end of October. That way, the body has time to make antibodies that protect it from the flu.
How long does the flu shot last 2020?
The effects of the vaccine generally only last through one flu season, which is about six months long. That’s part of the reason you need one every year. Starting two weeks after you get a flu shot, you should be protected from certain influenza viruses for the remainder of that flu season.
When should I get my flu shot this year?
CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. However, getting vaccinated early (for example, in July or August) is likely to be associated with reduced protection against flu infection later in the flu season, particularly among older adults.