Who Needs a Flu Shot?

Who Needs a Flu Shot?

September 19, 2023 in News, Public Health

Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu shot every year. Getting the influenza or flu vaccine is especially important for people who are at higher risk of developing serious complications from the flu.

How can I benefit from a flu shot? A flu vaccination can help you reduce flu illnesses, visits to your doctor and missed time at school or work. It can also make symptoms of influenza less severe if you do get sick. Getting the flu vaccine can help you protect those around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness like babies, young children, older people and those with chronic health conditions.

I’m pregnant. Should I get the flu shot? Yes, flu shots are recommended for pregnant women. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information.

When should I get the flu vaccine? Since vaccine protection decreases over time, influenza vaccines are generally recommended in the fall as influenza illnesses tend to ramp up over the holiday season and early into the new year. Talk to your healthcare provider for more guidance.

Where can I get the flu vaccine? Flu vaccine is readily available in our communities. Reach out to your healthcare provider to schedule an appointment or you can find local clinics being held in Delaware County at regmedctr.org/flushots.

If you have questions about the annual flu vaccine, reach out to your trusted primary healthcare provider or call Delaware County Public Health at 563-927-7551. You can find helpful resources at cdc.gov/flu.