The flu shot is your best defense.
Don’t take any unnecessary risks with your health. Get the flu shot and get it early each year.
The flu shot is recommended for everyone 6 months old and older. It is:
safe (including for kids and if you are pregnant or breastfeeding)
available from your doctor or nurse practitioner
proven to reduce the number of doctor visits, hospitalizations and deaths related to the flu
different each year because the virus changes frequently – so you need to get it every fall
Flu season typically runs from late fall to early spring.
You should get a flu shot as soon as possible because it takes two weeks to take effect.
Walk in Flu Shots Starting November 01 2023
Other tips to avoid getting – and spreading – the flu
Wash your hands often
even after getting the flu shot, washing with soap and water for at least 15 seconds helps keep the virus from spreading
if soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer (gel or wipes) with at least 70% alcohol
Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
use a tissue and throw it out rather than putting it in your pocket, on a desk or table
if you don't have a tissue, cough into your upper sleeve
Don't touch your face
the flu virus spreads when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk and droplets enter your body through your eyes, nose or mouth
Stay at home when you're sick
viruses spread more easily in group settings, such as businesses, schools and nursing homes
Clean (and disinfect) surfaces and shared items
viruses can live for 24 to 48 hours on hard surfaces such as countertops, door handles, computer keyboards and phones