Get Your Flu Shot

As many as 45 million Americans get sick with the flu each season, resulting in up to 810,000 hospitalizations. Furthermore, longstanding inequities that put undue burden and barriers on Black and Latinx/Hispanic communities have resulted in flu vaccine coverage disparities and disproportionate impacts of the flu. The Get Your Flu Shot campaign encourages everyone to get a flu shot to protect themselves, their families and their communities—while also saving medical resources that can be used to care for COVID-19 patients.

Everyday actions you can take to stop the spread of the flu

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, please stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone (without the use of fever-reducing medications) except to get medical care or for other necessities.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
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Who SHOULD get the flu shot

  • Different flu shots are approved for people of different ages. Everyone should get a vaccine that is appropriate for their age.
  • There are inactivated influenza vaccines that are approved for people as young as 6 months of age.
  • Some vaccines are only approved for adults. For example, the recombinant influenza vaccine is approved for people aged 18 years and older, and the adjuvanted and high-dose inactivated vaccines are approved for people aged 65 years and older.
  • Pregnant women and people with certain chronic health conditions can get a flu shot.
  • Most people with an egg allergy can get a flu shot.

Who SHOULD NOT get the flu shot

  • Children younger than 6 months of age.
  • People with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine. This might include gelatin, antibiotics, or other ingredients. 
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