The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a 3-step approach to fighting the flu
- Get vaccinated
- Take everyday preventive actions
- Use antiviral drugs if a physician prescribes them
A flu vaccine offers the most protection against seasonal flu. All individuals aged 6 months and older should get the flu vaccine each year in the fall. There are a few different types of flu vaccines, which may not be available uniformly at all vaccine provider locations. Vaccination should not be delayed in order to receive a specific type of vaccine if an alternative is available.
Flu vaccinations should be received by the end of October, if possible. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating, then flu vaccinations should be given. Health care providers are encouraged to provide flu vaccinations during routine visits and hospitalizations when the vaccine is available. Learn more: