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Getting the Flu Shot is Even More Important This Year

Getting a flu shot is the most effective way to prevent the flu. And especially now, during the COVID-19 public health emergency, getting your yearly flu shot is even more important to:

  • Help prevent the flu
  • Avoid a mistaken diagnosis of flu so that you get the appropriate care quicker
  • Lower the chances that the flu virus will be circulating in your community
  • Preserve health care resources for fighting COVID-19

Get vaccinated as soon as the flu shot becomes available, preferably by the end of October. The flu season usually starts in October, peaks between December and February, and begins to wind down in May.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older.

In addition to getting a flu shot, it is important to practice good health habits such as:

  • Social distancing
  • Washing your hands with warm water and soap frequently, lathering for at least 20 seconds
  • Using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if you can’t wash your hands
  • Staying home if you’re sick

Keep yourself and your family safe. Get your flu shot today.

Published on: October 20, 2020, 03:12 a.m. ET
Last updated on: October 20, 2020, 03:17 a.m. ET