Each flu season is different.
Even if you’ve never gotten the flu before, each flu season is different and changes throughout the year. This season it is important for everyone to do their part in helping prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, like flu and COVID-19. Getting a flu shot every year is the best way for you to help protect yourself and your community from the flu.
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 doctor, "Why am I at greater risk if I get the flu?"
You have options.
Speak to your healthcare provider and local pharmacy about their safety precautions and what flu shot option may be right for you. 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.
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. Most pharmacies and clinics offer flu shots on a walk-in basis, at your convenience. The pharmacist or nurse on staff can answer your questions about the flu.
Along with getting vaccinated, it’s important to follow other good health habits to help limit spreading the flu, such as covering your cough with your elbow, washing your hands often and staying home when you are sick to help prevent the spread of germs.