The week after Thanksgiving -- Nov. 27 to Dec. 2 -- is National Flu Vaccine Week. The message is simple: If you're 50 or older, get poked with treated (that is, not live) vaccine. If you're younger, consider the live vaccine mist recommended for your age. The 'live' virus is a nasal spray recommended for people 2 to 49 years old and not pregnant. The treated vaccine is recommended for people 50 and older.
According to Dr. Robert Realmuto, October is the best time to get the shots (oops!), "but you could still get it in December and January and benefit."
Visit www.findaflushot.com for flu shot clinics in the area.