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Here’s when Dr. Fauci plans to get his flu shot

Dr. Anthony Fauci has a specific time period to get a flu shot.

This March 16, 2020 file photo shows vials used by pharmacists to prepare syringes used on the first day of a first-stage safety study clinical trial of the potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, in Seattle.
Vials used by pharmacists to prepare syringes used on the first day of a first-stage safety study clinical trial of the potential vaccine for COVID-19 are pictured on March 16, 2020 in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren, Associated Press

Dr. Anthony Fauci has a specific time of the year when he gets his flu shot — and it’s not until next month.

What’s going on:

Health experts are encouraging people to get their flu vaccinations this year to help limit the amount of flu infections and the spread of coronavirus.

Fauci, an infectious disease specialist, recently told Jennifer Garner in an Instagram interview that October might be the best month to get the shot, CNBC reports.

  • He said he gets his shot “toward the middle and end of October.”
  • “I wouldn’t necessarily get it now, in September, because there is evidence that, in fact, the immunity might wear off when you get to February and early March,” he said.

He said this is an “unofficial” suggestion on when to get the shot, according to CNBC.

Other experts agree:

Dr. Miriam Alexander, with LifeBridge Health, recently told WBAL-TV 11 that October is a good month to get your shot because the strains often last from October to March.

  • “The reason for that is the flu shot seems to only work for about six months and we always have quite a lot of flu in our communities in March. We want to make sure people are protected against the flu in March.”

Alexander encouraged all Americans to get their shot this year to stay safe from the flu.

  • “There should be an extra level of urgency that we and all of our friends and loved ones get the flu shot.”
  • “We don’t want to confuse the picture when we as a medical community are trying to figure out what’s going on with people. If they know they’ve had the flu shot, then we will think more COVID than we will flu.”