Get the facts: the 2021-2022 flu season

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Sophia Guida

Get the facts: the 2021-2022 flu season

September 30, 2021

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Flu (influenza) season is here! Getting your flu shot protects yourself, your family and others from getting sick with the flu and flu-related illnesses.

We want to help keep you safe and informed. Please read below for common questions about the flu shot – and why it’s more important than ever.

Why should I get a flu shot?

  • It protects you from getting sick with the flu. It’s better to get the flu shot than the flu.
  • It keeps you from spreading flu to others, such as your loved ones or people at high-risk for complications from the flu.
  • Flu can be very serious. If you get very sick, you may need to go to the hospital. Every year, many people die from the flu.

Who should get a flu shot?

  • Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu shot!
  • It’s extra important that babies and young children, older people, people with chronic health conditions and pregnant people get a flu shot.

I heard the flu shot is dangerous. Is this true?

  • No, the flu shot is safe – and it works. The flu shot cannot give you the flu. The shot helps your body defend itself against the flu virus.
  • There are a lot of myths about the flu shot. They are based on rumors, not science.
  • Hundreds of millions of Americans have safely received the flu shot over the past 50 years, and there has been extensive research supporting the safety of the flu shot.

Can I get my flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccine on the same day?

  • Yes, both vaccines are safe. You can get your flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine at the same time. If you have concerns, talk to your provider.

How do I get a flu shot?

If you have an appointment, make sure you get your flu shot at your visit. We have flu shots available at all our health centers.

To learn more about flu prevention, check out these tips from the CDC.