Covid-19 isn’t the only virus spreading fast this holiday season. After last year’s quiet flu season, influenza is currently on the rise in California, and the state is in the “very high” category for virus transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the midst of surgery, you may be wondering if it’s too late to get a flu shot.
“The short answer is absolutely not,” Dr. Dean Winslow, a professor of medicine and infectious disease specialist at Stanford, told SFGATE by phone. “It takes 10 to 14 days to develop antibodies to respond to any type of vaccine, and the flu shot fits that. Christmas is just over 10 days away. Many of us will be gathering together with family and friends, and it’s the perfect time to get vaccinated.”