The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year. The Flu Vaccine Finder locates flu vaccine clinics near you. Simply enter your zip code or city and state to find mapped locations of flu vaccine clinics.
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Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It spreads between people and can cause mild to severe illness. In some cases, the flu can lead to death. In the United States, flu season occurs in the fall and winter. Seasonal flu activity usually peaks in January or February, but it can occur as early as October and as late as May.
Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu shot. Approximately 5-20% of U.S. residents get the flu each year, but there are some groups that are more at-risk to experience serious complications from the flu. These groups include:
Because healthcare personnel (HCP) provide care to patients at high-risk for complications of influenza, HCP should be considered a high-priority group for receiving the vaccination. Achieving high rates of vaccination among HCP will protect staff and their patients, and reduce disease burden and healthcare costs.
Good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. Follow the tips below to achieve a flu-free season.