It’s time to get that flu vaccine! Most of us are returning to normal activities this year so it is expected that flu season could be severe. Last year was a mild season, but experts say not to expect to get off so easily again this year. Last year, many people were still Covid-cautious, with many people still limiting activities, working from home, and faithfully masking, so the flu season was relatively mild. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers a great resource with everything you need to know about the 2022-23 flu season and flu vaccine.
The message this year: Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine. The best timing for getting vaccinated is now, or by the end of October. That will offer the best protection so use this vaccine finder to search for a convenient location near you: Find Flu Vaccines. That timing offers the best protection, but it’s important to know that if you miss that window, getting a vaccination after October can still provide protection during the peak of flu season.
One of the big questions many people have this year is whether the flu vaccine offers protection from Covid and vice versa. In other words, do you need both types of vaccines? Yes, you do. Influenza (flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses, so you need different protection for each. Learn more about the similarities and differences between the Flu and Covid. Information about signs and symptoms, how it spreads, and approved treatments.
More helpful resources on the flu and flu vaccines
- Frequently Asked Influenza (Flu) Questions: 2022-2023 Season
- Parents: Help Children Fight Flu
- Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report
- Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Resources for Health Professionals