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

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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.

Health Care Professional Fight Flu Toolkit (CDC)

Make a Strong Flu Recommendation (CDC)

Digital Media Toolkit (CDC)

Flu Vaccine Information