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The Basics

Adults age 50 and older should get a flu shot every year. You can get a flu shot at your doctor’s office or health center.

When Should I get the Flu Shot?
October or November is the best time to get a flu shot, but you can still get the shot in December or later. Flu season can last as late as May.

Why Should I get a Flu Shot?
For many people, the flu is a mild illness. But for older adults, especially those with diabetes, heart disease, or breathing problems, the flu can lead to serious infections, hospitalization, or even death. The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot.

Start Today: Small Steps
  • Use the flu clinic locatorExternal Link to find out where you can get a flu shot.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Tell a friend about the flu shot.

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