Is it too soon for a flu shot?

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- If you have stopped by your local pharmacy lately, you may have noticed a sign reminding you to get a flu shot.

Some pharmacies and doctor’s offices are offering flu shots and it’s only the beginning of September.

However, doctors say this is not too soon.

“It’s not too early as long as this year’s flu vaccine is out,” said Dr. Sloan Manning, medical director of Novant Health urgent care and occupational medicine for the greater Winston-Salem area.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says getting vaccinated should begin soon after a flu vaccine is available, if possible, by October.

A vaccine will give a person about six to eight months of protection.

There are some new recommendations for the 2016-2017 flu season.

Some parents may have thought the flu mist vaccine would be a better option especially for children, but the CDC is only recommending an injectable vaccine as opposed to the flu mist which was administered as a nasal spray.

“We’re not carrying the flu mist because it didn’t perform,” Manning said.

People 65 and older should get the high dose vaccine.

Pharmacists are looking forward to giving shots to people with Medicaid.

“North Carolina Medicaid patients not only can get their flu shots at their physician’s office, but they are now open to get their flu shots at pharmacies. This is for all adults 19 and older,” said Russell Patterson, pharmacy manager at Tyro Family Pharmacy said.

Flu season can begin as early as October and continue as late as May.

Typically flu activity peaks between December and March in the United States.