How Can I Avoid the Flu This Season?

As we spend more time indoors during the winter months, viruses such as influenza can spread like wildfire. Most people experience the flu as a week or two of aches, fever, and congestion. Only time—not antibiotics—will help you recover, since the flu is a virus. Those with weakened immune systems such as the elderly, young children, or those with chronic health conditions can suffer life-threatening complications from the flu.

Do you know these flu facts?

  • You can spread the flu even before you feel sick
  • To protect yourself and others, wash your hands frequently during cold and flu season
  • You can’t catch the flu from a flu shot because the shot uses a dead version of the virus
  • You may experience mild side effects from the flu shot, such as a sore arm or fatigue
  • Your body needs about two weeks to develop antibodies to the flu virus
  • You should get a flu shot each year to protect against the specific viruses circulating that year
  • If you get a flu shot, you can help protect your loved ones who cannot get a shot and those with weaker immune systems

Where can I get a flu shot?

  • At your doctor’s office: Call to make a flu shot appointment.
  • At an in-network pharmacy: Stop in or call to make an appointment.

Considerations for those over age 65

Ask about a high-potency flu shot for better protection. You should also ask your doctor about the shingles and pneumonia vaccines.