Let’s Talk About the Flu Vaccine

Every year, millions of people get the flu. The good news is that the seasonal flu vaccine can lower the risk of getting the flu by about half. Getting the yearly flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself. Note: Flu vaccines can’t cause the flu.

Most people who get the flu have a mild illness. But for some, it can be serious, and even deadly. Are you or certain family members at particular risk? Serious complications from the flu are more likely in babies and young children, pregnant women, older adults, and people with certain long-term health conditions such as diabetes or asthma.

Keep in mind that getting the flu vaccine also protects the people around you. When you and your family get vaccinated, you help keep yourselves and your community healthy. This is especially important if you spend time with people who are at risk for serious illness from the flu, such as young children or older adults.

Be sure to get the flu vaccine every year. Immunity (protection) decreases with time. Additionally, the flu viruses are constantly changing, so the vaccine is often updated to give the best protection.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services