Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reducing the spread of other illnesses, like the flu, is more important than ever. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting a flu shot in September or October. But, getting vaccinated anytime during the flu season can help protect you. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu shot.
The flu is an illness caused by a virus (germs) that usually affects the nose, throat, and lungs. It is easily spread from person to person. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a vaccine each year.
Anyone can get the flu, but there are some groups of people who have a higher risk of more severe symptoms and serious complications. Those at higher risk include:
Three simple steps can help protect you and those around you:
The flu can cause mild to severe illness. These are the most common symptoms of the flu. You may experience some or all of these symptoms:
If you get sick, you should: