Flu Vaccine Facts

Flu Shot Facts

How Does The Vaccine Work?
  • Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine.
Who Should Get Vaccinated?
  • Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season.
Who Should Not Get Vaccinated?
  • Children younger than 6 months old.
  • People with severe, life-threatening allergies to the vaccine or ingredients of the vaccine.
When Should I Get the Vaccine??
  • As soon as the vaccine becomes avaliable (late August/September). The vaccine provides approximately 6 months of protection from the flu.
***Certain people should talk to their doctor before being vaccinated. For a detailed list of who should talk to their doctor and more information on vaccines please visit The CDC's Flu Vaccine Fact Page.