With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever for you and your family to Raise Your Guard against vaccine-preventable illnesses, and that includes the seasonal flu.
Influenza can pose a serious threat, particularly to the most vulnerable populations. The flu vaccine has been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death. It’s also important to consider the effect that a flu pandemic could have on physicians and hospitals already being strained due to the coronavirus.
Who Should Get Vaccinated?
Everyone 6 months and older, with rare exceptions, should receive a seasonal flu vaccine each year.
When Should I Get Vaccinated?
You should get a flu vaccine before flu viruses begin spreading in your community, since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop and provide protection against flu. Make plans to get vaccinated early in fall, before flu season begins. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October.
Where Can I Get Vaccinated?
Most primary care physician offices offer the flu vaccine, as well as drug stores, quick clinics, health departments and major chain pharmacies. There are also different types of vaccines available based on your age or medical history, so it is recommended that you speak with your physician if you have any questions or concerns.