Protect yourself this flu season.
The flu is an infection that can cause fever, cough, body aches, and other symptoms.
Getting a flu shot now can help you avoid the flu. The flu vaccine can also help keep you from becoming severely ill if you do get the flu.
You cannot get the flu from a flu vaccine: in fact, getting the vaccine every year is your best protection against the flu. A flu vaccine contains pieces of dead flu viruses that help your body arm itself against the actual flu. Some people have mild symptoms for a day or two after getting the flu shot, but the real flu is much worse. If you have not been vaccinated for this flu season, get the shot as soon as possible.
If you are already sick with the flu, stay home, rest, and drink plenty of fluids. Don’t go back to work or school until your fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without medicine.
This year, continue to protect yourself from both coronavirus (COVID-19) and the flu. COVID-19 and the flu have similar symptoms, but are caused by different viruses.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the flu
Getting the flu vaccine this year will be more important than ever. There will be plenty of flu vaccines available. If you don’t catch the flu, you can’t get very sick from flu complications — and you can’t spread it to anyone else. The more people who get the vaccine, the better everyone is protected, especially those who can’t get the vaccine (including babies under 6 months and people allergic to the vaccine).
The flu vaccine will not protect you against COVID-19, but it can protect you from getting the flu and against major flu complications. That immune system protection is critical, especially if you do contract COVID-19. To protect yourself and others, continue to stay 6 feet away from others, wear a mask in public, and wash your hands often. Learn more about COVID-19 and the flu.
Get Your Flu Shot
Find a network pharmacy for a low- or no-cost flu vaccine.
Questions? We’re here to help. Find answers to the most commonly asked questions about the flu and flu vaccines.
How much does a flu vaccine cost?
If the pharmacy you go to is one of our vaccine network pharmacies, your flu vaccine will be free. Please be advised that not all pharmacies are part of our vaccine network. Find a pharmacy in our vaccine network where you can get the flu vaccination.
If you have questions about the flu, read more about it at www.cdc.gov/flu.
When should I get a flu vaccine?
Getting a flu vaccine early in the season is your best protection against the flu. Don’t wait until late in the season, because you might have already been exposed to the virus.
Are there different types of flu vaccines?
There are different types of flu vaccines, and the CDC recommends you receive whatever is available at your pharmacy or doctor’s office. However, the CDC does not recommend the intranasal flu vaccine, FluMist.
Can the flu shot give me the flu?
No, the flu shot cannot cause flu illness. The viruses contained in flu shots are inactivated (killed), which means they cannot cause infection.
Why should I get the flu vaccine?
The flu is a serious contagious disease spread by coughing, sneezing, and nasal secretions. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get the flu vaccine because it is the best protection against this disease!
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