It’s that time of year again, the wind turns cold, the leaves change color and everyone is talking about the flu. This year get the facts and get vaccinated to protect yourself, your family and your community.
Anyone can get the flu and have serious complications, but people over 65, people with chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease, pregnant women and children under five are at higher risk for hospitalization or death from the flu.
Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu shot every season. Children younger than 6 months and people who are allergic to some vaccine ingredients can’t be vaccinated. So getting your flu shot also protects them by containing the spread of the flu virus.
Why every year? Because the flu strains that the vaccine protects against may change from year to year. Even if it doesn’t change, the immune protection can decline over time, so getting your flu shot every year gives the best defense.
There are a lot of misconceptions and myths about the flu and the vaccine. Below are some of the most common, but to learn more about flu and flu vaccine myths, visit the CDC’s Flu and Flu Vaccine Q&A page.
Learn more about the flu shot by visiting MedlinePlus. MedlinPlus also has flu and flu vaccine health information in multiple languages to share with family and friends.
And finally, flu season is a good reminder that kids aren’t the only ones who need vaccines. Visit the CDC’s Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults to learn about vaccines that adults should be getting beyond their annual flu shot.