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Flu Shot FAQs

With flu season on the way, here are answers to common questions 

Now is the best time to get a flu shot. You’ll be protected before the flu becomes widespread and your protection will last throughout flu season.

Q: When should I get a flu shot?

A: Now is a perfect time, preferably before October 31. You want to get your flu shot before the flu is widely spread in the community so that you will be protected.

Q: Does the vaccine work right away?

A: No, it takes about two weeks to be effective. That's why it's important to get your flu shot before it is widely spread. 

Q: Can a flu vaccine give me the flu?

A: No, the vaccine does not cause the flu.

Q: How can I get the flu?

A: The virus can travel up to 6 feet when someone coughs, sneezes or talks. Droplets can land in the nose or mouth or be inhaled into the lungs. The flu is contagious - this means you should stay away from those who are sick, and if you are sick you should not be around other people.

Q: Can I have flu and COVID-19 at the same time?

A: Yes, that’s why getting the flu shot is so important this year.

Q: Is the flu a serious illness? 

A: Yes, the flu can be serious enough that some people need to be hospitalized, and for some it is deadly. 

Q: Where can I get a flu vaccine?

A: You can get your flu vaccine at many places including your doctor’s office, urgent care locations and pharmacies.

Don’t let the flu get you – get your flu shot today!


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