Flu shot

Also known as: Flu vaccine, Influenza vaccine, Influenza shot
The flu shot is a vaccine that contains a killed form of three flu viruses. The vaccine causes your immune system to make antibodies. If you are exposed to the flu later, the antibodies can attack and destroy the virus. 

It's most important to get a flu shot if you're at high risk for other health problems from the flu. Those at high risk include young children, pregnant women, older adults, and people with chronic diseases or weak immune systems.

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Cold and Flu FAQ

Keeping the common cold and influenza at bay is a constant part of our daily lives. This seems to be especially true during the winter and early spring months. There are many simple ways to limit your exposure to viruses, such as regularly washing your hands. For some people, a flu vaccination might be the best option. Read on to find out more about how you can stay healthy and seek out appropriate treatment.

Don’t miss out on your ounce of prevention

If you go to the doctor only when you're sick, you'll miss some powerful opportunities to stay well.

Get your flu vaccine - it's a shot in the arm for good health

If getting a flu shot seems scary, consider the alternative: lying in bed, weak from fever, aches, pains and chills, and barely tolerating your throbbing headache, cough and nagging sore throat.

How do I know if I have a cold or the flu?

Influenza (flu) and a cold are both respiratory (breathing) infections caused by viruses. Some of the symptoms are similar, and it can sometimes be difficult to tell if you have the flu or a very bad cold. Check your symptoms here.

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