COVID-19 and Flu
This season it’s especially important to get a flu shot to protect yourself and your loved ones from flu and to make sure you don't miss out on what's important.
You might have questions about getting both a flu shot and a COVID-19 vaccine. We have the latest information to answer your questions.
Whether you've had a flu shot before or not, you might have questions about it, like how does it work? Why you should get it? Are there side effects? We have the answers to your questions.
Can a flu shot give you the flu?
Flu shots cannot give you the flu, although some people may have mild side effects. Some people report having a sore arm for a day or two or feeling a little tired or achy. Getting flu is much worse than the side effects a flu shot can cause.
How often should you get a flu shot?
CDC recommends getting a flu shot every year because protection from the shot declines over time. Flu viruses are also constantly changing, so flu shots are updated each year to provide the best protection.
Are there side effects from a flu shot?
Flu vaccines can cause side effects for some people. Most of the time these are mild and go away on their own in a short time. These can include: soreness or redness where the shot was given, a headache, muscle aches, and fatigue.
When should I get a flu shot?
Flu season often starts in October and gets worse through the winter. It’s good to get a flu vaccine before the end of October. It takes about 2 weeks for protection from vaccination to start. Getting a flu vaccine at any time during flu season is better than not getting one at all.
Who should get a flu shot?
CDC and other health experts recommend that everyone age 6 months and older get vaccinated against flu each year, with rare exception. This includes pregnant people, young children, older adults and people with certain chronic medical conditions. People who have concerns about allergies should discuss a flu vaccine with their health care professional.
Are flu shots effective?
Yes, CDC studies show that a flu shot usually reduces the risk of getting sick with flu by between 40% and 60%. If you get a flu shot and do get sick with flu, being vaccinated can help make your illness less severe.