The Prince William Health District What You Should Know:
Flu Vaccine, 2021-2022 Flu Season
Local pharmacies and healthcare providers are already advertising “flu” (influenza) shots. So, what should you know right now?
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends all people six months of age and older receive a flu vaccine every year.
- Those younger than six months old and those with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccines or any ingredient in the vaccines are the only people who should not take the flu shot.
- For more on "who should or should not" get a flu vaccine, click here: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/whoshouldvax.htm
Why you should get a flu vaccine
Getting a flu shot this year is crucial for several reasons:
- Without being protected, you can have the flu and COVID-19 at the same time.
- You can protect yourself and others from flu-related illness, hospitalization, and possible death by getting a flu shot.
- CDC estimates annually since 2010, there are between 9 million – 45 million flu-related illnesses, between 140,000 – 810,000 hospitalizations, and between 12,000 – 61,000 deaths annually since 2010. Click here for more on the numbers: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/index.html
When to Get a Flu Shot
- You should get vaccinated before flu viruses begin spreading in your area. Once vaccinated, it takes about two weeks for your body to develop antibodies to protect against the flu.
- VDH and the CDC recommend getting vaccinated against the flu by the end of October.
- You can get your flu shot at the same time you get your other vaccines, such as a COVID-19 vaccine, a third COVID-19 vaccine (if eligible), or other routine vaccines.
Where to Get a Flu Vaccine
- You can get flu vaccinations at local pharmacies, healthcare providers, and urgent care clinics. The PWHD will offer flu vaccines once they arrive.
CDC Flu Information: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/vaccinations.htm
CDC's weekly FluView: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index.htm