Influenza season is here!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting a flu vaccination in September or October but getting vaccinated anytime during the flu season can help protect you. A flu vaccine is especially important this season because it can also help reduce the burden on healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and save medical resources for care of COVID-19 patients.

The Flu and COVID-19

Both the Flu and COVID-19 are contagious respiratory illnesses with similar symptoms, and it is possible to have both illnesses at the same time. CDC highlights some of the similarities and differences between the Flu and COVID-19. Individuals with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should wait until the discontinuation of their isolation period before receiving the vaccine to prevent exposing others to COVID-19. For more information about the 2020-2021 flu season, visit the CDC’s Frequently Asked Influenza (Flu) Questions website.

Who Needs a Flu Vaccine?

CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against seasonal flu viruses. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza viruses. Consult with your physician before you receive your flu shot.

Who is at high risk for Flu complications?

Where Can I Get the Flu Vaccine?

Use the HealthMap Vaccine Finder to locate where you can receive the flu vaccine or visit one of the following locations:

  • Doctor’s office
  • Clinic
  • Health Department
  • Pharmacy
  • Student or Employee Health

How to Help Prevent Flu 

  • Avoid close contact.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose.
  • Clean your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Practice other good health habits:
    • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
    • Get plenty of sleep.
    • Be physically active.
    • Manage your stress.
    • Drink plenty of fluids.
    • Eat nutritious food.



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