Flu Prevention and Vaccine Information

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Influenza Vaccine

Who Should Get a Flu Vaccination

Everyone 6 months and older is recommended for annual influenza vaccination, with rare exceptions.

The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at high risk for serious flu complications from influenza. Visit the CDC website to learn more about who should get the flu shot.

Find a Flu Vaccine

To find a flu vaccine near you, visit https://vaccinefinder.org/ or enter your zip code on the Flu Vaccine Finder in the panel to the right.

Influenza Prevention Tips

Why should I cover my cough?

Serious respiratory illnesses like influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and whooping cough are spread by:

  • Coughing or sneezing
  • Unclean hands
  • These illnesses spread easily in crowded places where people are in close contact.

How do I stop the spread of germs if I am sick?

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue every time you cough or sneeze. Throw the used tissue in a waste basket.
  • If you don't have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve.
  • After coughing or sneezing, always clean your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Do not share eating utensils, drinking glasses, towels or other personal items.

How can I stay healthy?

  • Clean your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, if possible.
  • Get vaccinated! Influenza (flu) and pneumococcal (pneumonia) vaccines can prevent some serious respiratory illnesses.

When you are at the clinic or hospital:

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and dispose of the used tissue in the waste basket.
  • Clean your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  • You may also be asked to wear a mask to protect others.

Influenza Educational Materials

Additional Influenza Prevention Resources