(NC) Contaminating classrooms, infecting workplaces and afflicting families, the flu is a nasty illness at the best of times. At the worst of times, it comes with the potential for life-threatening complications like pneumonia.

Young or old, healthy or health-compromised, the best way to guard yourself against influenza is to get vaccinated. But this isn’t a one-and-done deal. The influenza virus is cunning and mutates constantly, potentially dodging last year’s vaccine. That’s why anyone over six months old who lives, works or attends school in Canada should get an up-to-date flu shot each year. But when?

Though your immune response to the vaccine declines over time, there’s no reason to delay getting vaccinated for the 2019/20 flu season. Experts agree that the best time to get your flu shot is right now, since it can take up to several weeks to develop the full immunity effects from the vaccine. The protection you receive today will reduce your risk of catching the flu all season long.

Learn more at lungontario.ca/vaccines.

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