Flu Shot (Influenza Vaccine) Directory
You can get the influenza vaccine once a year to protect yourself from catching the flu, a viral respiratory illness that spreads very easily. The flu can lead to serious health complications and possibly death. When it comes to the flu vaccine, the question shouldn't be if you should get it, but rather what type you should get: shot or nasal spray. The spray form is becoming more common, and anyone between the ages of 2 and 49 who's generally healthy and not pregnant can get it. The CDC recommends the spray for healthy children between 2 and 8 years old. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how flu vaccines work, who should get vaccinated, the history of the vaccine, and much more.
The Flu Vaccine: Get the Facts
You’ve heard that you need a flu shot. But which one is best? What are the side effects? Get the facts.
Types of Flu
Learn more from WebMD about different strains of flu and how they can be prevented.
Adult Influenza Vaccine (Flu Shot and Nasal Spray): Guidelines, Benefits, Reactions
WebMD explains flu shots and flu nasal spray for adults, including who should get them, when, and the benefits and side effects of influenza vaccines.
What Causes the Flu?
WebMD explains the flu virus, including types, why it's more prevalent in the winter, and what to do to avoid catching it.
Flu Shots: Who Needs Them?
A flu shot protects you and the people around you from getting seriously sick. Find out when, where, and why you should get vaccinated.
Flu Shots and Flu Vaccines: It's Not Too Late
Everyone around you sniffling and sneezing? Take heart, there's still time for flu prevention!
Is the H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Safe?
H1N1 swine flu vaccine is here -- but is it safe? WebMD gives frank answers to questions about what we know, and don't know, about the pandemic flu vaccine.
Your Flu Vaccine Questions Answered
Get your flu vaccine questions answered here to help protect you and your family from seasonal influenza.
Video: How a Doctor Avoids the Flu
I get asked a lot about how I avoid the flu. Here are my best tips.
The Truth About Flu Shots
Should everyone get a flu shot? Can the vaccine cause the flu? We separate the truth from fiction.
Why Do You Feel Bad After a Flu Shot?
Have you wondered why you feel sick after getting a flu shot?
Video: Can Children Get a Flu Shot?
Youngsters are prone to infection, but is it safe for them to get a flu vaccine? And why should you get one every year?
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Quiz: Do You Fall For Old Flu Myths?
Do you believe a flu shot can cause the flu? That you throw up with the flu? Take this WebMD quiz to find out just how much you know about influenza.
Quiz: Contagious Diseases: What They Are, How They Spread
Do you know what a contagious disease is? And how it spreads? Test your knowledge with this WebMD quiz.