“As opposed to previous years, where there were recommendations of older people and pregnant women and others to get vaccinated first, right now, if you’re older than 6 months of age and you don’t have any specific contrary indications, you should get vaccinated,” Fauci says.
Flu season is highly unpredictable. Right now there is little flu activity in the U.S.
Two years ago Faucci says the flu season peaked very early, about this time in October. Flu season came so early, only a limited amount of the flu vaccine was available to inoculate people early enough to help limit the flu from spreading.
This year though, there’s plenty of vaccine. Fauci says the strains of flu chosen for this year’s vaccine appear to be a good match to strains that have appeared thus far in the southern hemisphere.
Flu season usually peaks in mid-to-late winter in January or February. It can last until May.