The Vaccine

Everyone six months of age or older needs a flu vaccine. Learn about the benefits of the flu vaccine and ensure that your family and community are protected.

Where to Get Vaccinated


The flu vaccine is offered (often at no additional cost) in many doctor’s offices, pharmacies, as well as by many employers and schools. If you don’t have a regular doctor, locate a community health center or visit any of our community flu clinics.

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Why Vaccinate


There are many reasons to get a flu vaccine each year. It keeps you from getting sick with flu and reduces the risk of hospitalizations. Flu vaccine can be lifesaving for children.

In addition to helping to protect pregnant women, a flu vaccine given during pregnancy helps protect the baby from flu for several months after birth.

Flu vaccination is also an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions.

Getting vaccinated yourself also protects people around you, especially those who are more vulnerable like babies and people with weakened immune system who cannot get the vaccine.

Who Should Get Vaccinated


Everyone six months of age or older needs a flu vaccine with rare exceptions.

When to Get Vaccinated


September and October are the best times to get vaccinated. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating, you can get the flu vaccine even in January or later.