Preventing the Flu

Preventing the Flu

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Everyone six months and older should get a flu shot as soon as possible. Getting the flu shot helps protect you, your family and your community. 

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Don't have health insurance? Reach out to your Local Health Office to get a flu shot.

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About the Flu Vaccine

The Vermont Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention encourage all Vermonters to get vaccinated, especially those at high risk of complications.

Vaccination is recommended if you are:

  • Age 6 months and older
  • At high risk of complications from the flu, or if you are in contact with someone who is at high risk

High-risk groups include:

  • Pregnant women
  • Breastfeeding mothers
  • All adults 50 years of age and older
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long term care facilities
  • Healthcare workers
  • Travelers
  • People with certain chronic medical conditions
  • People with a compromised immune system
  • Anyone with a condition that can compromise respiratory function
  • People at high risk for severe complications from influenza

Learn about flu vaccine coverage in Vermont

Learn more about flu vaccine from CDC

Flu Vaccine Effectiveness

Flu viruses are constantly changing, so the vaccine is reviewed each year and updated as needed based on which influenza viruses are making people sick, how much those viruses are spreading, and how well last season’s vaccine protects against those viruses.

How well the flu vaccine works varies from season to season. Each flu season, CDC studies how well the flu vaccine protects against flu illness.

Learn more about flu vaccine effectiveness

For the 2021-2022 flu season, CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends flu shots and nasal spray as options for vaccination this season. The nasal spray is approved for use in non-pregnant individuals, two years through 49 years of age. People with some medical conditions should not receive the nasal spray flu vaccine.

Nasal spray flu vaccine effectiveness studies