The CDC recommends getting your flu shot yearly for everyone 6 months and older. Most people tend to get their flu shots in the fall.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza (flu) viruses generally become more prominent in October and peak between December and February. Therefore, “flu season” is considered to last between October and February, even though you can get the flu at any time of year.

For this reason, it’s generally recommended to get your flu shot at the beginning of the fall, but the exact best time to get your flu shot will depend on your personal schedule. Here’s what you may want to consider.