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.
- 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:
- “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.”