Is There A Time Of The Year When I Am Most Likely To Get The Flu, And Can I Get The Flu More Than Once In A Given Year?

Question: Is there a time of the year when I am most likely to get the flu, and can I get the flu more than once in a given year?

Answer: Like all of the winter respiratory infections, influenza is seasonal. So we will see it during the winter months. Occasionally as early as November and December, but for the most part, influenza strikes across the country, the most common month is February. And so that's when the peak of influenza activity is. Most people -- 99.9 percent -- if they get influenza, will not get another infection that year.

But you could get it again the next year and that's of course why we have to vaccinate ourselves against influenza each and every year.

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William Schaffner, M.D., Chair, Department of Preventative Medicine, Vanderbilt Medical School
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