Award ceremonies are always filled with random gags, and the Golden Globes hosted by Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh on Sunday evening were no exception. After Sandberg talked about the celebrities on the show being "ordinary people," Oh announced that they would be distributing flu shots .
"Roll up your sleeves, Hollywood, because you're all getting flu shots," said Oh, before the people, who wore white lab coats and were holding syringes, appeared on the stage. They then circulated in the audience, while the "Shots" of the LMFAO were played in the background. "They're from the Rite Aid at Echo Park," Samberg said, adding, "If you're an anti-Vaxxer, just put a napkin on your head and we'll skip you."
Prominent figures seemed confused and a bit freaked out, including actor Willem Dafoe, who gave the nurse who approached him a serious side-eye as he casually drove away. Keith Urban was also seen as he leaned back when someone in a white coat came near him. The show then became commercial.
Sure, that was almost certainly a joke, but it raises an important point: it's not too late to get your flu shot.
Already in the early fall, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) all encouraged to get their flu on Halloween . But if you did not make it until then, you did not miss the boat completely.
The flu season usually begins in October or November and lasts until May, peaking between December and February. CDC says. "Now we're really starting to see flu cases increase, and many states report widespread flu activity," says infectious disease expert Amesh A. Adalja, MD, a senior scientist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, to SELF. "But there's still time to get vaccinated before the climax of the season comes in. We have not seen the worst of the season yet."
It usually takes up to two weeks for your body to develop antibodies against the flu They receive the uptake according to the CDC . And since the flu is now widespread, you really do not want to rely on it. "Get the program, if you have not had a flu shot, you should do it immediately, if not earlier," says William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist and a professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, to SELF.
Until the flu season is officially over, a flu shot can still be beneficial.
There is no specific deadline "because every influenza season is different and difficult to predict", dr. Sherif Mossad, MD, an infectious disease expert at the Cleveland Clinic, says SELF. "The only point we can say that you no longer need a flu vaccine is when influenza is no longer circulating in your community."
If you receive the flu shot it's not 100% guaranteed that you won. "You get the flu but your chances are greatly reduced, and if you actually get the flu after the vaccine, you have a milder disease than if you did not get the vaccine," said Dr. Richard Watkins, doctor for infectious diseases in Akron, Ohio, and an associate professor of internal medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University, tells SELF.
And in case you're wondering to get your flu shot and then at a party like the Golden Globes drinking a glass of bubbly is not necessarily a problem "Drinking alcohol is not a contraindication to the flu vaccine," says Dr. Adalja, meaning it's not exactly that you drink and then get your shot, especially if you've been drinking. "In general, we do not recommend a vaccine if you're intoxicated," says Frank Esper, a Cleveland infectious disease expert Clinic, opposite SELF. So it is possible that drinking could reinforce these side effects or make it hard to tell if your symptoms were actually caused by the shot or not. "If you notice vomiting in the gutter, it's because of a vaccine reaction or a double whiskey," Dr. Esper says.
So, the important thing is to get a flu vaccine, whether you want to reward yourself with a glass of wine or not, is up to you.