Fall is Flu Season, Get Your Flu Shot
Influenza (flu) season starts in October and runs through April. People who get sick with the flu usually have a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and muscle or body aches.
Because the flu passes from person to person, it is important to protect yourself with a yearly vaccination (shot). The shot is usually available as early as September, and will protect you through the end of flu season.
Everyone age 6 months and older should get a yearly flu shot. The shot given in the 2010-2011 season will protect against both seasonal flu and 2009 H1N1 flu.
While everyone should get a yearly flu shot, it is most important for groups of people who are more likely to have health problems if they get the flu. These groups include:
- Children younger than 5 years but older than six months
- Adults age 50 and older
- Pregnant women
- People with certain medical conditions, including: asthma, lung and heart disease, kidney and liver disorders, cancer, and HIV/AIDS
- People who live in nursing homes
- People who care for or live with people at high risk
For more information about the flu shot, talk with your doctor.