The best way to protect against influenza (flu) is to get a flu vaccine every flu season.
Flu is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious illness, hospitalization, or even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. The first and most important step in protecting against flu is to get a flu vaccine each season. CDC recommends everyone six months and older get an annual flu vaccine.
It is important to get your flu vaccine EVERY year, because
Flu viruses are constantly changing, so flu vaccines may be updated from one season to the next to protect against the viruses that research suggests will be most common during the upcoming flu season.
A person’s immune protection from the flu vaccine declines over time. Yearly vaccination is needed for the best protection.
Who should get a flu vaccine?
Everyone is at risk for seasonal influenza. CDC recommends everyone six months and older get a flu vaccine.
While flu can make anyone sick, certain people are at high risk of serious flu complications:
It is also important that people who live with or care for those at high risk of serious flu complications get vaccinated, including: