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The flu vaccine: What you need to know this year
The facts are simple: Getting a flu shot every year decreases your chances of getting the flu — and you’re less likely to be hospitalized or die from it.
There are a few updates for the 2022-23 flu season that we should be paying attention to, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Here are the top three:
- 65 or older? This flu season, these newer, high-dose vaccines provide extra protection: Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent vaccine(link opens in new window)(link opens in new window), Flublok Quadrivalent recombinant flu vaccine(link opens in new window)(link opens in new window) and Fluad Quadrivalent adjuvanted flu vaccine(link opens in new window)(link opens in new window).
Typically the flu season hits people 65 and older the hardest. Between 70 and 85% of seasonal flu-related deaths occur in people 65 and older, and between 50 and 70% of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations hit this group.
- Got kids, including babies? The recommended age for flu shots was previously 2, but now it’s 6 months and up. Talk to your health care professional for details.
- Unclear on timing? It’s similar to last season. If you need just one dose, September and October are your best bets. Try to get vaccinated by the end of October, but vaccination after October can still provide protection during the height of flu season.
But wait, there's more. Here are 7 more things to keep in mind. Also available in Spanish.
Bottom line: Getting a flu shot will help protect your health and the people you care about. Now let’s bust some common myths (also available as a Spanish PDF) about getting the flu vaccine, with some help from our friends at the CDC.
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Are you in a high-risk category for severe flu complications?
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Watch this House Calls clip to learn more.
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Shared decision-making guide: For health care professionals and patients to discuss options(link opens in new window)
Don’t give flu a seat at the table postcard (PDF)
The differences and similarities between the flu and COVID-19
Flu in the News
Some flu vaccine reactions might be a good sign for people with heart disease
Algunas reacciones a la vacuna contra la influenza podrían ser buena señal para los pacientes cardíacos
Using friendly faces to help close gaps on vaccines
El uso de rostros familiares ayuda a cerrar las brechas en las vacunas y más
How to keep 'vaccine fatigue' from getting in the way of a flu shot
Cómo evitar que la 'fatiga de las vacunas' se interponga en el camino de una vacuna contra la influenza
More on COVID-19 and the flu
Wondering if you can get a flu shot at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine? You can – and here are more resources from the CDC on COVID-19 and the flu.
The American Heart Association's Flu Awareness Campaign is supported by Sanofi Pasteur
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