Fighting the Flu Starts With You
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Let's Knock Out the Flu!

 

Every year, over 200,000 Americans are hospitalized due to complications from the flu. Don’t be another statistic. Protect yourself, your family, and your colleagues by receiving your annual flu shot. Your annual flu shot is:

  • Safe: The flu vaccine is safe. Despite popular myths, the flu shot cannot give you the flu and is recommended for those 6 months of age and older.
  • Effective: The flu vaccine reduces the risk of flu illness by 40-60% among the overall population.
  • Annual: The vaccine changes based on active flu strains, so you need to get your flu shot every year.

How do I prevent the flu?

The best way to prevent the flu is by getting your flu shot each year. Here are some other steps you can take to prevent the flu:

  • Wash your hands often with warm, soapy water for 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer when handwashing isn’t an option.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth (until you’ve washed your hands).
  • Avoid crowds and close contact with those who are sick.

Should I wait to get the flu shot until the flu is more widespread in my community?

No. You should not wait for flu activity to be rising to get your flu shot. September and October are generally good times to be vaccinated. While flu activity may be low in your community now, it could begin increasing at any time. Remember, after you are vaccinated, your body takes about two weeks to develop antibodies that protect against flu.


What is the difference between the flu and COVID-19?

The flu and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and seasonal flu (most often just called “flu”) is caused by infection with one of many influenza viruses that spread annually among people.


Will the flu shot protect me against COVID-19?

Flu vaccines are not designed to protect against COVID-19. Flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness, hospitalization and death in addition to other important benefits. Equally, the COVID-19 vaccine is the best protection against COVID-19, but those vaccines are not designed to protect against flu.


Can I get the flu shot if I suspect I have COVID-19?

No. Flu vaccination should be delayed for people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, until they have met the criteria to discontinue their isolation. When scheduling or confirming appointments for flu vaccination, patients should notify our health center in advance if they currently have or have developed any symptoms of COVID-19.


For additional resources on the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit our COVID Vaccine Information page.


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