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.
Flu vaccines are now widely available at pharmacies, primary care practices, state-run walk-in clinics, and other places you can get vaccinated.
- You can get your flu vaccine at the same time as other vaccines, including COVID-19. More on COVID-19 vaccines
- Don't have health insurance? All state-run walk-in clinics offer vaccination at no cost to you.
- Are you 65 or older? Contact your health care provider or local pharmacy to find out how to get vaccinated. State-run walk-in clinics are not able to offer flu vaccines to this age group. Learn more about the CDC-recommended high-dose flu vaccine.
Take Other Prevention Steps
- Prevent the spread of germs. Wash your hands often with soap and water. Avoid contact with sick individuals. Stay home if you are sick. Cover your nose when you cough and sneeze.
- Take flu medications if your doctor prescribes them. If you get the flu, antiviral drugs can be used to treat your illness.
- Stay hydrated, and drink plenty of fluids.
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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
- 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
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.
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.