Flu shot: Your best bet for avoiding influenza

Getting a flu shot often protects you from coming down with the flu. And although the flu shot doesn’t always provide total protection, it’s worth getting.

This year’s annual flu shot will offer protection against three or four of the influenza viruses expected to be in circulation this flu season. A high-dose flu vaccine (Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent) as well as an adjuvanted vaccine (Fluad Quadrivalent) will be available for adults age 65 and older, but these may not be available at all medical centers.

Influenza is a respiratory infection that can cause serious complications, particularly in young children, older adults and people with certain medical conditions. Getting an influenza vaccine — though not 100% effective — is the best way to prevent the misery of the flu and its complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual flu vaccination for everyone age 6 months or older.

If you’d like to read the rest of this article and find some answers to common questions about flu shots make the jump here. Also here is a great video clip about why getting the flu shot is so important on face value but doubly so against the back drop of the pandemic.