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What is the flu?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

  • Fever
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Dry cough

Can I prevent the flu?

The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year.

For additional information visit the CDC’s Recommendations for the Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines (2017 – 2018).

Who should get a flu vaccination?

Seasonal flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older, especially those individuals who are:

  • Pregnant
  • Children 6 months to 18 years of age
  • Adults 50 years of age or older
  • Individuals with health conditions that put them at risk of complications from influenza
  • Healthcare Workers

Where can I get a flu vaccine?

Flu vaccine is available locally at:


I can't find a vaccine!

Call 1-800-522-5006 (TTY: 1-800-655-7189) or visit the Vaccine Finder  to find a location.

Can I get a flu shot if I’m allergic to eggs?

Flu vaccines are available that do not contain egg proteins and they have been approved for use in adults 18 and over.

If you've had a reaction to eggs in the past, always talk to your doctor before getting a flu vaccination.

Where can I learn more about the flu?

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A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH,Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH
Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health
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