Yes, the leaves are changing and football is back. But another sign of fall is flu season begins. Let this serve as the official first reminder that now is the perfect time to go and get your flu shot.

Many people ask why do I even need one? Does it prevent the flu? Well, not exactly. Once you get the shot, it takes about 2 weeks for the antibodies to start working. While their effectiveness varies from year to year, experts say that getting one can reduce your risk of getting the flu by 40% to 60%. I'll take all the help I can get!

The reason it's important to get your shot now is to get those antibodies working for you before the flu hits our area. A normal flu season runs from October through May, usually peaking in December and February, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC says even if you don't remember to get your shot early, it is still a good idea to eventually get one.

My daughter Carly got her shot last week and Cayleigh and Chase will get theirs next week. Contact your family doctor and schedule your shot today. A momentary shot in the arm might just save you from being sick with the flu!

 

[via Fortune, CDC]