Common Flu Questions
WHY IS THE FLU SHOT IMPORTANT?
Getting a flu shot lowers your chances of getting a severe case and going to the hospital.
The more people get the flu shot, the more protected your community is.
This season, a flu shot also strengthens your body’s ability to protect against COVID-19.
I FELT SICK AFTER I GOT MY FLU SHOT. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
When you get your flu shot, you might have muscle aches, chills or fever-like
symptoms for a day or two.
That’s completely normal and doesn’t mean you have the flu! It means the shot is working to protect you.
DO I REALLY NEED THE FLU SHOT EVERY YEAR?
Short answer: Yes.
Long answer: Flu viruses change each year and your ability to fight it off decreases.
A yearly flu shot for anyone 6 months and older is important to protect against the flu.
This season, a flu shot may lessen your chances of being hospitalized with COVID if you get it. It also helps reduce the burden on our hospitals and saves resources for COVID-19 patients who need this type of care.
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO TO PROTECT MYSELF?
Wear a mask, wash your hands often, and practice good hygiene by cleaning surfaces and objects in your home and elsewhere. If you are sick, stay home and use your inner elbow to cover up your sneeze.
WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE?