Don’t Let the Flu Sneak Up on You – Get Your Flu Shot Now

November 24, 2015 Brigham and Women's Hospital

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that the 2015-2016 flu season, which begins in October and typically peaks during December to February, is off to a slow start. Still, health officials at the CDC warn that the slow start doesn’t mean that we won’t see a jump in flu activity later in the season. So take advantage of the lull in flu activity and get your flu shot now – it’s the most effective way to prevent illness due to influenza.

Have questions about flu vaccination? We have answers to some of most common questions and concerns.

  • Five Reasons to Get Your Flu Shot – The flu is more serious than you may realize. According to a study by the CDC, more than 200,000 people in the United States, on average, are hospitalized each year for illnesses associated with seasonal influenza virus infections. Certain adults are at higher risk for serious illness and complications from the flu. Read about four more reasons to get your flu shot this year.
  • Sorting Out Your Choices for Flu Vaccination – Trivalent or quadrivalent? Injection versus nasal spray? High dose versus standard dose? Today, you have many options when it comes to choosing a flu vaccine. Learn about the options and how to choose a flu vaccine for yourself or members of your family.
  • Confused about Flu Vaccination? Get the Flu Facts. – Do you know why you need a flu vaccine every year and what’s the best time to get vaccinated? (Hint – it’s not too late to get your flu shot for this flu season.) Read on to get the flu facts and then take a brief quiz to test your knowledge of flu facts.
  • Vaccinations – Not Just for Kids, Adults Need Them Too! – Remember, you need more than a flu vaccine to stay healthy. The CDC also recommends that adults receive periodic vaccines to protect against pneumonia, bacterial meningitis, shingles, hepatitis A and B, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, and other illnesses. Review the list of CDC recommendations and talk to your health care provider.

Visit flu.gov for more information about flu vaccination and where you can get a flu vaccine.

 

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