Fight the Flu Before It Starts

Getting your annual flu shot before flu season begins is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against the flu. Remember that the flu shot lasts for one flu season, and you should get your flu shot each year.

The Best Time to Get the Flu ShotWhat are the benefits of the flu shot?

The flu shot works by causing a type of protein – called antibodies – to develop in your body and fight off specific influenza viruses. It takes approximately two weeks after your flu shot for these antibodies to form. Therefore, getting your flu shot before flu season starts to peak allows these antibodies to fully develop.

What Is Influenza? 

Do you know the difference between the flu and the common cold? Learn more about flu symptoms and then test your knowledge with the What's True About the Flu quiz.

Are You at Risk for Life-Threatening Illnesses Caused by the Flu?

Certain people, including children, are more susceptible to getting life-threatening illnesses from the flu. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that during the 2018-2019 flu season, 35.5 million people became sick with the influenza virus, nearly 500,000 people were hospitalized due to the flu virus, and over 34,000 people died. When you get your annual flu shot, you are also helping to protect your loved ones, coworkers, and neighbors who are pregnant, very young, elderly, or who have certain medical conditions. Learn more about how to protect your community from the flu.

Do You Have the Flu?

Do you or a loved one have symptoms of the flu? Here are a few steps to take to avoid spreading the flu to others.