Each flu season is different.
Even if you’ve never gotten the flu before, each flu season is different and changes throughout the year. Getting a flu shot every year is the best way to help prevent spreading the flu to others and getting infected. Talk to your healthcare provider about why annual vaccination is so important.
Adults 50 years of age and older are at greater risk.
By the time you reach 50 years of age, you are more likely to have one or more chronic health conditions. And even with a clean bill of health, your immune system can weaken over time. Ask your healthcare provider, "Why am I at greater risk if I get the flu?"
You have options.
Depending on your age, eligibility and whether you have one or more chronic health conditions, there are multiple flu shot options that may be right for you. Talk to your healthcare provider about the flu shot options that may help give you a greater level of protection from the flu.
Talking with your primary healthcare provider may not always be an immediate option. But that doesn’t mean you should wait to get a flu shot. Just like you have flu shot options, you also have options on where to go to get your flu shot. In addition to your doctor's office, most pharmacies and clinics offer flu shots on a walk-in basis. The pharmacist or nurse on staff can answer your questions about the flu.