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Who needs a flu vaccine?

Everyone 6 months and up needs a flu vaccine every year, with rare exceptions. Flu vaccines:

  • Protect against flu illness, hospitalization, and death
  • Prevent missed work, school, and other activities
  • Protect you, your loved ones, and your community
  • People aged 65 and up, children under 2, and people who are pregnant or have certain health conditions are at highest risk of getting very sick from the flu.
  • The best time to get your flu vaccine is by the end of October, but it is most important to get it whenever you can each year.

What do I need to know about the flu? 

How else can I prevent the flu and other illnesses?

  • Wash your hands often, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched often, like doorknobs, counters, and cell phones.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid crowded indoor spaces.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are caring for someone who is sick, take extra steps to prevent germs from spreading. Consider wearing a mask.
  • Take additional steps if you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID or the flu, or if COVID-19 spread is higher in your area. Learn more about COVID prevention.
  • Stay home when you are sick and test for COVID. Contact your healthcare provider about your symptoms and if you should be tested or need treatment. Flu vs. COVID
  • Eat healthy foods, drink enough water, exercise and get enough sleep.

What if I get the flu?

Flu vaccines are important for children. They:

  • Reduce the risk of illness and missed school, childcare, and work
  • Reduce the risk of severe illness, hospitalization and death from the flu.
  • Help prevent spreading flu to family and friends, including babies younger than 6 months who are too young to get a flu vaccine

The flu is more dangerous than the common cold for children.

Children younger than 5 years old–especially those younger than 2–are at higher risk of developing serious flu-related complications. Children of any age with certain chronic health conditions are also at higher risk.

Some children 6 months through 8 years of age may need 2 doses of the flu vaccine for best protection, if they have not had the flu vaccine before.

Learn more about flu vaccines for children.

Flu vaccines are also important for people who are pregnant.

People who are pregnant and their babies are at higher risk for flu-related complications. Getting the flu vaccine while pregnant can help protect you and your baby

Community Flu Vaccination Planning Committee

The organizations listed below are working together to provide consistent flu-related messaging and access to flu vaccinations, to increase vaccination rates and protect our community from the flu.

Updated 9/22/2023