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Arm Yourself Against the Flu

Here’s what to know before you get your shot

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Who Needs a Yearly Flu Vaccine?

EVERYONE 6 months of age and older*


As soon as vaccines are available, ideally by October

2 Weeks

Time it takes for protection to develop after vaccination

Don’t Get a Flu Shot

  • While you have a cold or other respiratory illness
  • If you’re allergic to eggs

164.5 to 173.5 Million

Flu vaccine doses manufacturers expect to provide for the 2015–2016 season, including shot and nasal mist versions

Ill With the Flu?

  • Antiviral drugs are only effective if given within 48 hours of getting sick.
  • There are three FDA-approved influenza antiviral drugs: oseltamivir, peramivir, zanamivir.

People at Risk for Serious Flu Complications

  • Infants and children less than 2 years old
  • Pregnant women
  • Adults 65 years of age and older
  • People with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, and morbid obesity

Stop the Spread of Flu

  • Wash hands often (with soap and water**).
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze; throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay away from sick people.
  • Stay home from school or work if you are sick (especially if you have a fever).
  • Find a Vaccine Provider

*Some children between 6 months and 8 years of age may need two doses, given at least four weeks apart.

**Alcohol-based hand cleaners are effective but can affect blood glucose testing results.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

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