The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone over the age of six months get the flu shot.
Here’s something all those “get vaccinated” messages don’t usually emphasize: Getting vaccinated isn’t really about you — it’s about protecting society as a whole.
Though many people think the flu is no big deal, this is a major misconception. Anywhere from 3,000 to 49,000 people die from influenza or its complications every year.
You don’t need to get a shot to protect yourself and people around you.
Here’s everything you need to know:
- The real reason to get a flu shot is much bigger than yourself
- The biggest misconception about the flu kills thousands of people every year
- The flu shot takes a while to activate — better get it now
- You don’t need a shot to get a flu vaccine
- You can now get a flu vaccine via a ‘jet injector,’ which shoots it straight into your arm without a needle
- Use this map to look up where you can get your flu shot
- Why we don’t have a flu vaccine that lasts forever