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Kid Getting Vaccinated


The flu shot is your best defense

This year’s flu season is taking place at the same time as COVID-19. Don’t take any unnecessary risks with your health. Get the flu shot and get it early.

The flu shot is recommended for everyone 6 months old and older. It is:

  • safe (including for kids and if you are pregnant or breastfeeding)

  • free

  • available from your doctor or nurse practitioner

  • proven to reduce the number of doctor visits, hospitalizations and deaths related to the flu

  • different each year because the virus changes frequently – so you need to get it every fall

Flu season typically runs from late fall to early spring.

You should get a flu shot as soon as possible because it takes two weeks to take effect.

Walk in Flu Shots Starting November 01 2023

Other tips to avoid getting – and spreading – the flu

Wash your hands often

  • even after getting the flu shot, washing with soap and water for at least 15 seconds helps keep the virus from spreading

  • if soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer (gel or wipes) with at least 70% alcohol


Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze

  • use a tissue and throw it out rather than putting it in your pocket, on a desk or table

  • if you don't have a tissue, cough into your upper sleeve


Don't touch your face

  • the flu virus spreads when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk and droplets enter your body through your eyes, nose or mouth


Stay at home when you're sick

  • viruses spread more easily in group settings, such as businesses, schools and nursing homes


Clean (and disinfect) surfaces and shared items

  • viruses can live for 24 to 48 hours on hard surfaces such as countertops, door handles, computer keyboards and phones

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