Each year, influenza viruses change slightly, making the seasonal vaccine used in the previous years ineffective.
While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19 there are benefits. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.
Getting a flu vaccine can also save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.
Frequency of shots:
Annually, preferably before the rainy season (June or July)
Who can use this:
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season with rare exceptions.
People who SHOULD NOT get the flu shot:
- Children younger than 6 months of age
- People with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine. ex: Gelatin, antibiotics, or other ingredients.
People who should talk to their health care provider before getting a flu shot:
- If you have one of the following conditions, talk to your physician so he or she can select the best vaccine for your situation:
- If you have an allergy to eggs or any of the ingredients in the vaccine. Talk to your doctor about your allergy.
- If you ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (a severe paralyzing illness, also called GBS)
- If you are not feeling well, talk to your doctor about your symptoms.