Flu Shot

Get the Shot, Not the Flu

This fall and winter, it is even more important to protect yourself from the flu and COVID-19.

With flu season right around the corner, getting a flu shot will not only protect you and the people around you from the flu, but help reduce the strain on our healthcare systems fighting COVID-19.

Who should get the flu shot?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend flu shots for everyone six months and older, with rare exceptions. Young children, pregnant women, people 65 years and older, and people with certain chronic health conditions are among those at high risk for flu complications.

When do I get my flu shot?

The best time to get a flu shot is in early fall; preferably before the end of October. The more you procrastinate, the likelier you are to forget. Flu season begins in the fall and lasts until late winter. The peak time for illnesses is between December and February. Once receiving the vaccine, it takes about two weeks for your body to develop antibodies that will be able to protect you from catching the flu.

Where can I get my flu shot?

Most pharmacies, health care centers and even grocery stores provide flu shots. To find out exactly where to go, use the CDC’s Vaccine Finder: https://vaccinefinder.org/find-vaccine

Steps to Prevent Illness

Get the shot, not the flu. It remains crucial to always remember to wash your hands, maintain physical and social distancing, and wear a mask.

Having both viruses at the same time or one after the other could be devastating for your health and our healthcare system. Getting your flu shot can help remove the threat of the flu and keep your immune system strong. A yearly flu shot is your best bet to protect against the flu. Do your part to protect yourself and others. Become a #FluFighter.

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