It’s never fun to get stuck in your arm, but doctors say you should think of shots like seatbelts–it’s a good idea to use them because you’ll never know when they might just save your life.
Here’s your guide to the three shots doctors at UW Health recommend everyone get this fall:
What are the options? One shot that targets four strains of the seasonal flu.
Who is eligible? Anyone 6 months and older.
Why get it? Typically reduces your risk of going to the doctor by 60%.
When? October is ideal since protection wears off over time.
What are the options? Moderna, Pfizer, and Novavax all have updated formulas targeting XBB, an Omicron subvariant.
Who is eligible? Experts recommend everyone 6 years and older should get one booster, but some people should get two. Click here to see what you need.
Why get it? All vaccines protect against severe cases and reduce your risk of hospitalization by up to 60%.
When? For protection against severe disease, get it anytime.
What are the options? Two options: GSK and Pfizer. They’re slightly different in design, but only at a microscopic level.
Who is eligible? Everyone 60 and older, as well as infants less than 8 months old and pregnant women (protection is passed onto babies for the first 6 months of their life).
Why get it? 82-86% effective in preventing severe disease.
When? When it’s available at a pharmacy near you.