Get the Facts on Flu!
Immunize Against the Flu. EVERY YEAR. EVERY BODY.
- You need your flu vaccine EVERY year to stay protected against the most current and common flu strains.
- Flu and pneumonia are among the top ten causes of death in the U.S.
- Millions of people SAFELY receive flu vaccines each year.
- The flu is a virus and CANNOT be treated with antibiotics.
- Flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. in January or February, but can begin as early as October and continue through late May.
- Flu virus can spread by direct contact, such as sharing drinks, or through indirect contact, such as when an infected person sneezes on her hands and touches an object like a door knob.
- People infected with flu may be able to infect others beginning the first day symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick.
- Flu vaccines are offered at doctors' offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies and college health centers, as well as by many employers, and even in some schools. Visit the HealthMap Vaccine Finder to find a location near you.