Flu Shots

Get Your Flu Shot

The flu can make you and your loved ones very sick. The best protection you can get is with a flu shot. The flu season usually lasts from October through May. It is best to get the flu shot as soon as it is available. But as long as it is still flu season, it’s not too late to get the flu shot. It takes about two weeks after the shot for the protection to work. The flu shot may make your illness milder if you do get sick. The nasal spray flu vaccine should not be used during 2016-2017. 

Flu season can begin as early as October and last as late as May.

Some people are at higher risk for getting the flu. They also are more likely to have complications from the flu. 
  • Children younger than 5. Children younger than 2 are at highest risk.
  • Adults age 65 and older.
  • Pregnant women.
  • People living in nursing homes or other long-term care.
  • American Indians and Alaskan Natives.

Getting the flu shot yourself also protects people around you, including those who are more likely to get seriously ill from the flu. For example babies less than 6 months and young kids or older people and people with certain chronic health conditions. 
Flu shot helps protect women during and after pregnancy. Getting the shot also protects the baby during pregnancy and for several months after the baby is born.

Did you know that everyone 6 months of age or older should get a flu shot every year?


Where can you get the Flu shot?

Flu shots are offered in many locations, including your doctor’s office, clinics throughout the state, health departments, and many pharmacies and grocery stores.

In addition to getting a flu shot, you can do other things to keep from getting the flu. Stay away from sick people. Wash your hands to reduce the spread of germs. 

If you are sick with the flu, stay home from work or school. And stay away from people who are at higher risk of getting the flu. This helps prevent spreading the flu to others.

If you have questions about the flu, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

To find a location near you, you can use the Flu Vaccine Finder

Helpful Links

Learn more about the flu and the importance of flu shots by visiting the following websites:

Flu and You
Are You at High Risk for Serious Illness from Flu? | CDC Features
Are You a Flu Fighter Coloring Book

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Influenza
HealthMap Vaccine Finder