Amerigroup AmeriTips: Flu Shots

The most effective way to prevent the flu

Presented by Amerigroup Community Care

Why do I need a flu shot?

Influenza, better known as the flu, is a serious virus. It can keep you out of school or work for up to 10 days. It can make you so sick that you end up in the hospital. Problems from the flu can sometimes lead to death.

What’s the best way to protect myself from the flu?

A flu shot is the most effective way to protect yourself from getting the flu each year.

Who’s at risk for getting the flu?

Everyone is at risk of getting the flu.
That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends people age 6 months and older get a flu shot every year to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Why do I need a flu shot every year?

Every year there are new flu viruses. There are new vaccines every year to help prevent the current viruses. Last year’s vaccine may not protect you from this year’s flu.

Where can I get a flu shot?

There are many places you can get a flu shot. You can get one at your primary care provider’s (PCP)’s office, clinics, health departments, school health centers and at many pharmacies.

When’s the best time to get a flu shot?

Flu season runs from October to May. The earlier you get a flu shot, the better your chance of being protected. It takes about two weeks after getting the shot for it to work best. The CDC recommends getting the flu shot before the end of October.

Getting the shot as late as February will still help protect you.It’s better to get it late than not at all.