Flu Vaccine General Info
The first and most important step in protecting against the flu is to get a flu vaccination each season.
Getting a flu vaccine is safe
Flu vaccines have a very good safety history. Millions of flu vaccines have been given safely over the many decades that flu vaccines have been recommended. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hold vaccines to the highest safety standards. See http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/safety/.
- The flu vaccine provides protection that lasts through the flu season.
- A flu vaccine reduces your risk of illness, hospitalization, or even death and can prevent you spreading the virus to your loved ones.
Who should get the 2013-14 seasonal flu vaccine?
This year’s seasonal flu vaccines will protect you from the H1N1 and two or three other flu virus strains.