Flu vaccines are proven to help prevent millions of illnesses and have been shown to reduce the risk of having to go to the doctor by 40% to 60%.
What should I know about the flu shot?
Flu viruses are always changing and every year a new flu vaccine is developed to protect against the viruses believed to be found during the upcoming season.
Keep in mind:
- Although you may experience flu-like symptoms after a flu shot, these side effects are temporary and far less severe than getting the flu.
- Children 6 months through 8 years may need two doses during a single flu season. Everyone else only needs one dose each flu season.
- Even when the flu vaccine doesn’t exactly match the viruses, it can still provide protection.
- You can get the flu immunization at the same time as other vaccines.
- If you’re pregnant, you can get the flu shot at any time during your pregnancy.
About the Flu
- Key Facts About Flu Vaccine (CDC)
- Who Needs a Flu Vaccine and When
- Vaccine Benefits
- Types of Flu Vaccines
- Misconceptions about Flu Vaccine
- Healthy Habits to Prevent Flu
- People at High Risk for Flu Complications (CDC)
- Guide for Parents (CDC)
- Schools and Childcare Providers (CDC)
- Flu Resources for Business (CDC)
Resources for Health Care Professionals
Whether you’re a primary care physician, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care professional (HCP), you play a significant role in helping protect your patients against influenza. A strong influenza vaccine recommendation is one of the most important factors in patients accepting the vaccine.
Flu Vaccine Information
- 2023-2024 Influenza Dosing Algorithm for Children
- 2023-2024 Influenza Vaccine Products
- 2023-2024 Contraindications and Precautions to the Use of Influenza Vaccines
- 2023-2024 Contraindications and Precautions for Persons with Severe Allergic Reaction
- How to administer intramuscular, intradermal, and intranasal influenza vaccine
- Flu Vaccine Label Examples
- Standing Orders Templates (Immunization Action Coalition)