You can help prevent the
flu by getting the flu vaccine every year. It's best to get the vaccine as soon as it's available. You can get the
vaccine as a shot or in a spray that you breathe in through your nose.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months old and older should get a flu vaccine. The
vaccine is especially important for people who are at higher risk of problems
from the flu, including:
The flu vaccine is also important for health care
workers and anyone who lives or works with a person who is at higher risk of
problems from the flu.
The vaccine usually prevents most cases of
the flu. But even if you do get the flu after you've had the vaccine, your
symptoms will be milder and you'll have less chance of problems from the flu.
You cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine.