Seasonal Information

Influenza (Flu) Prevention

Prevent the fluInformation, tips and resources to keep your family healthy.
The single best way to protect yourself and others against influenza is to get a flu vaccination each year. Two kinds of flu vaccine are available in the United States

The "flu shot"
An inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a needle, usually in the arm. The flu shot is approved for use in people older than 6 months, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease). See also Questions & Answers: Seasonal Flu Shot.

The nasal-spray flu vaccine
A vaccine made with live, weakened flu viruses that do not cause the flu (sometimes called LAIV for "live attenuated influenza vaccine"; or FluMist®). LAIV (FluMist®) is approved for use in healthy* people 2-49 years of age who are not pregnant.

Yearly flu vaccination should begin in September or as soon as vaccine is available and continue throughout the influenza season, into December, January, and beyond. This is because the timing and duration of influenza seasons vary. While influenza outbreaks can happen as early as October, most of the time influenza activity peaks in January or later.

Flu Resources

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information and updates:

Flu Facts

Download and review Flu Fact Sheets:

  1. Why get a flu vaccine
  2. Who should get vaccinated 
  3. Every day preventive actions

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