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Who should get the flu vaccine

According to the Centers for Disease Control1, almost everyone age 6 months and up should get a flu vaccine, especially:

  • Children younger than 5
  • Adults 65 and older
  • Pregnant women
  • Anyone with a weakened immune system or chronic condition (like COPD or congestive heart failure)

Ask your doctor or your child’s doctor, if you have a child, for the flu vaccine today.

What you need to know about the flu and flu vaccine

There is a lot of misinformation out there about the flu. Learn about how to fight flu this and every year.

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Flu season is here.
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There is a lot of misinformation out there about the flu, so I want to share some flu
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facts with you.
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The best way to fight flu is to get your flu vaccine.
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You can’t get the flu from the flu vaccine.
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The vaccine contains killed viruses that can’t make you sick with the illness.
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The flu is transmitted through contaminated droplets that are coughed, sneezed, or otherwise
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sent into the air by someone who is infected.
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You can be infected – and infect others – with the flu for 24 hours before your
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own symptoms start.
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Flu viruses can change over time to create different strains.
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What protected you last year may not be as effective this year.
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This is why you need a flu vaccine every year.
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Almost everyone six months and older should get the vaccine every year as soon as the
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vaccine is available.
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This also protects infants and others who can’t get the vaccine themselves.
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Learn what else you can do to protect yourself – and what to do if you get the flu – at
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Humana.com/FightFlu.

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Did you know?

  • As a Humana Healthy Horizons™ in Florida member, your yearly flu vaccine is free
  • Egg-free flu vaccines are available – If you’re allergic to eggs, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if the egg-free alternative is right for you
  • Even “healthy” people should get the vaccine
  • Flu “season” tends to start in September and last through the end of winter
  • Flu vaccination by nasal spray is sometimes available
  • Flu virus strains change and vaccine protection declines over time, so last year’s vaccine may not protect you from getting sick
  • Get your flu vaccine every year
  • “Healthy” people, without showing symptoms, still can get sick, carry the flu virus, or spread the flu to someone else
  • You can’t get the flu from getting the flu vaccine

Learn more

Think you already have the flu?

  • See your healthcare provider or visit an urgent care clinic right away
  • You may be prescribed an antiviral drug to help reduce the severity and duration of the flu

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