You've heard them -- flu-sick sneezers and coughers at the office, day care, shopping mall, or grocery store. Avoiding the flu is no small matter.
So what can you do? One sure flu prevention tip is to avoid close contact with people who are sick. Anyone who is at high risk from the seasonal flu -- like young children and older adults -- should avoid crowds and public places during the usual flu season, from late October to mid-March.
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It’s a shot that protects you from the flu virus. You normally get it in your arm, but you can also get it as a nasal spray. It’s made from the three or four flu viruses that are most likely to make you sick during the upcoming year.
Who Should Get It?
Almost everyone 6 months of age and older.
Some people are more at risk of getting very sick from complications of the flu than others. These groups should be sure to get a flu shot each year:
Children, especially from 6 months of age to the age of 5
Seniors over age 65
People with existing health conditions
Travelers and people living abroad
The following people should not get a flu shot:
Children under 6 months old
People who are very allergic to the flu shot or any of its ingredients
Talk to your doctor before you get the shot if you have any of these symptoms:
An allergy to eggs or any of the other ingredients in the vaccine
A history of Guillian-Barre syndrome
If you’re just not feeling well
When Should I Get It?
As soon as they become available, by October, if possible. It’s best to get the vaccine before the flu season starts. But you can still get it in January or even later.