Cold & Flu

Flu Vaccine Facts & Information

Get yourself the flu vaccine every year. If you can’t hack a shot, there’s the nasal option.

The single best way to protect yourself and others against influenza is to get a flu vaccination each year. There are two kinds of flu vaccines available: the flu shot and the nasal-spray flu vaccine.

Understanding Vaccines

Who should get vaccinated?

In general, all healthy people should get vaccinated. The CDC now recommends that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as vaccine is available this fall.

When should I get vaccinated?

The CDC recommends you get vaccinated in October or November before flu season peaks, but the flu shot can protect you even if you get it late in the flu season.

Is there anyone who shouldn’t get the flu vaccine?

Yes. People with severe allergies to chicken eggs, those who have had a severe reaction to a flu shot in the past, and children under 6 months old should avoid getting vaccinated. If you’re not sure, talk to your doctor.

Can I get the flu from the flu shot?

The viruses in the flu shot are inactivated (killed), so you can’t get the flu from a flu shot. But you can get some minor side effects such as soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given, or low-grade fever and aches.

Do I need to get a separate flu shot to protect against H1N1?

No. The 2010-2011 flu vaccine is designed to protect against H1N1 and two other viruses that research indicates will cause the most illness during flu season. There is no need to get a separate H1N1 flu vaccine this season.

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