Get the facts: the 2023-2024 flu season

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Get the facts: the 2023-2024 flu season

September 27, 2023

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Flu (influenza) season is here! Get your flu shot to protect yourself and your loved ones.

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.

Who should get a flu shot?

  • Everyone 6 months 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.

How many flu shots do I need?

  • Adults and children 9 years and older need one dose of the flu shot for the 2023-2024 flu season.
  • Some children 6 months to 8 years old may need two doses for the best protection.

Do I need to get a flu shot every year?

  • A yearly flu shot gives you the best protection against the flu. Flu viruses also change constantly, so there are new vaccines every fall.

Can I get my flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time?

  • Yes, it is safe to get your flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine at the same time.
  • If you have concerns about getting the flu shot with other vaccines, talk to your provider. It’s more important than ever to stay up to date on your vaccines.

How do I get a flu shot?

If you have an upcoming appointment, ask for your flu shot at your visit.

If you don’t have an appointment, schedule an appointment for your health needs and make sure to get your flu shot when you come in. To schedule, use MyChart or call 844-IFH-APPT (844-434-2778).

For more information on flu prevention from the CDC, click here.