How to Prepare for Flu Season: Advice from A Doctor

Flu season is just around the corner. According to Permanente adult and family medicine physician Jason Singh, MD, now is the time to prepare. He spoke with WJLA on the importance of flu shots this season.

“Optimal timing [to get a flu shot] is before influenza activity begins in the community, which varies but typically starts in October and peaks between December and February, although activity can be seen as late as May,” Dr. Singh said. “It takes about two weeks to rise and get vaccinated, so that’s why it’s important to get it done before the flu activity starts.”

There was a sharp drop in flu cases over the past two years, likely due to pandemic precautions like wearing masks, social distancing and increased hand washing. Now that most COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, Dr. Singh said there may be an increase in flu cases.

“It might be back in full force now that kids are back in school and most COVID restrictions are lifted,” Dr. Singh said.

Dr. Singh said one of the best ways to protect yourself is to practice proper hand hygiene.

“I have three kids myself and they are all back to school. Most important thing is washing your hands as frequently as you can,” he said.