Arm Yourself Against the Flu
Here’s what to know before you get your shot
Who Needs a Yearly Flu Vaccine?
EVERYONE 6 months of age and older*
As soon as vaccines are available, ideally by October
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 flushot.healthmap.org
*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, cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2015-2016.htm