Flu Shot Frequently Asked Questions

Everyone, age 6 months and older, is strongly encouraged to be vaccinated annually against the flu virus. Flu vaccines, commonly called flu shots, are your best defense against getting sick and the most effective way to control the spread of the virus.

Get vaccinated in September or as early as possible during flu season, which usually begins in October and peaks in January or February.

The flu can have serious medical complications leading to more than 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths in the United States each year. Vaccination is the best protection against the flu. Being vaccinated also helps protect those around you from getting the flu.

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about the flu vaccine.