Both COVID-19 and the flu will be with us this flu season, making your annual flu shot as important as ever. Vaccination is the most effective preventive measure. For best protection, get vaccinated between early September and the end of October. If you happen to miss that time, getting it later will still work well.
Everyone age 6 months or older should be vaccinated annually for the flu. It’s especially important for people at higher risk, including young children, pregnant women, people age 65 and older, people with weakened immune systems or chronic illness, and caregivers for others who are at high risk.
By getting the flu shot, you can:
- Keep yourself healthy and away from busy hospitals
- Protect your family members and community, especially those at risk for serious illness like older adults, young children, and people with chronic conditions or weakened immune systems
- Reduce the severity of illness if you do get the flu
Tips to prevent getting sick and spreading the flu
- Avoid contact with sick people and stay home if you aren’t well.
- Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth to avoid spreading germs.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes, and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
- If you do get the flu, stay home for at least 24 hours after fever is gone without using fever reducers.
- Stay-at-home guidance if you have COVID-19 may differ, so follow those guidelines if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19. You can find more information here.
Most people don’t need medical attention for the flu. But if you’re in a high-risk group, or experience severe symptoms, such as high fever, severe shortness of breath or chest pain, seek medical attention immediately.
For up-to-date information about the 2022-2023 flu season, visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/season/faq-flu-season-2022-2023.htm