I haven't kept up on this, so would love to glean from those who do.
For the past four years H and I have gotten the flu shot. Neither of us have ever gotten the flu (with or without the shot), but back when we started we were around a lot of immunocompromised folks and were told (by a doctor) that one can be a carrier without symptoms, so it was safer for them if we got the shot. Enough said. We got the shots and have since.
Is that belief still valid?
A couple years ago I recall some discussion on whether the shot was effective for more than 3 or 6 months (forgot which), so it was better to wait until the season began and have it last longer.
How did that discussion turn out?
Also a couple of years ago I recall reading studies that said the shot is more effective if one gets it in the morning and takes a nice walk afterward, or in general, stays active for the day.
Is that still valid?
My issue to address is getting the shot this year... We usually get the shots in Oct, but I'm home now and around my mom for two out of three weeks in the near future. Her chemo/cancer makes her immunocompromised.
Should I plan to get the shot tomorrow or Monday instead of waiting until Oct when I'm back?
Would planning on two shots this season (one 3 or 6 months down the road) be suggested?
Is morning still the best time (asked because if I'm in school - which I am some of these days - afternoon is actually easier)?
Or has a bunch of this been debunked and the fact that we've never gotten the flu - for me even when I come in super close contact with it at school multiple times - mean we're among the lucky who have an innate ability to fight the virus off and there's really no need - save the doses for others who do need it?