Influenza (Flu) Vaccine
About the Flu Vaccine
An annual flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your chances of getting the seasonal flu and spreading it to others. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older receive an annual flu vaccine. Each year, the CDC works with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as other partners, to ensure the highest safety standards for flu vaccines.
Flu vaccines are made by using killed flu viruses (for inactivated vaccines), or without flu virus at all (for the recombinant vaccine). Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine. Since the flu virus changes, new vaccines need to be made and administered every year. This is why you need to get a new flu vaccine every year! For more information about the flu vaccine, visit the CDC's website. For a full list of Frequently Asked Questions, visit the Flu Vaccine FAQ.
Flu & COVID-19
Flu and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with the virus known as SARS-CoV-2, and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses. Since some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference based upon symptoms alone. Testing is the only way to confirm diagnosis. Watch this video to learn the difference between cold, flu, and COVID-19!
Getting a flu vaccine will not protect you against COVID-19, and there is no evidence that getting a flu vaccination increases your risk of getting sick from COVID-19. Flu vaccines have important benefits, such as reducing the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death. Getting a flu vaccine this fall will be more important than ever, not only to reduce your risk from flu but also to help conserve potentially scarce health care resources.
Where to Get the Flu Vaccine?
|Tuesdays||3pm to 6pm||Elm Street Middle School (Front Parking Lot)|
|Fridays||10am to 12pm||Elm Street Middle School (Front Parking Lot)|