Keep yourself and those close to you healthy! Join the millions of people who get their yearly flu shot.
No one likes getting sick. And the flu virus changes every year. So, getting a yearly shot helps protect yourself and those around you. Plus, it’s available at no cost to you.
Call your doctor or find a doctor or pharmacy near you to get your flu shot.
The flu shot is a good idea for just about everyone. But these people are at an even higher risk of health problems from the flu:
Pregnancy can put you at higher risk for getting the flu and put your unborn baby at risk, too. But getting a flu shot can help protect you and your baby.
Children and Families
Young children have a higher risk of health problems from the flu. Newborns are also at high risk but can’t get the flu shot until they are six months old.
People with a Chronic Condition or Caregivers
People with a weakened immune system are more likely to get very ill from the flu. Getting your yearly flu shot helps protect yourself and those around you.
Common Questions About the Flu Shot Vaccine
Why get your flu shot every year?
- Flu viruses are always changing. Scientists predict which virus will be most common each year. Flu vaccines are changed each flu season to make them work as well as possible.
- Your protection with the flu shot gets weaker over time. That’s why a yearly flu shot is needed to keep you from getting sick.
Can the flu shot give me the flu?
No. The flu vaccine is made from either inactive flu virus or none at all. That means getting a flu shot cannot give you the flu. But it can reduce your chances of catching the flu.
When and where should you get your flu shot?
- You should get a flu shot before the flu starts spreading where you live. Fall is the best time to get your yearly shot. If possible, get the shot by the end of October.
- You can get your flu shot in many doctor’s offices, pharmacies, clinics, and health centers. Vaccines may also be offered at schools or your workplace.
How do you know if someone has the flu?
The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue or tiredness
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea. This is more common in children than in adults.
Where should you go if you have flu symptoms?
See your doctor, visit your local urgent care, or use your MyVirtualMPC app. Unless you have a very high fever or trouble breathing, you should not need to go to the emergency room for the flu.