Get Your Flu Shot, Not the Flu
A flu shot is the best way to lower your risk of getting the flu. Seasonal flu can be mild, but can also have serious complications, like hospitalizations, and even death. Getting the flu shot also protects the people around you from getting sick. As an MVP member, you can get the flu shot anywhere for free, but if you get it during a doctor visit you may be charged a co-pay. Be sure to check your plan materials for coverage and deductible details.
Who Should Get a Flu Shot
Everyone six months of age or older should get a flu shot, with some rare exceptions. Flu shots are especially important if you’re at a higher risk for flu complications. You’re at a higher risk if:
- You’re pregnant
- You have a chronic health condition, such as asthma, diabetes, heart, or lung disease
- You’re 65 or older
Children age 5 and under are also considered high risk. Learn more about the importance of flu shots for children.
Flu Shots and the COVID-19 Vaccine
You can get a COVID-19 vaccine and a flu vaccine at the same time. However, it’s more important to follow the recommended schedule for both vaccines. If you haven’t gotten your currently recommended doses of COVID-19 vaccine, get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can, and try to get a flu shot by the end of October. The flu vaccine will not protect you from COVID-19.
Healthy Habits for Flu Prevention
In addition to your annual flu shot, practice these habits to stop or slow the spread of germs:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if you’re sick or not feeling well
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
- Keep your hands clean by frequent washing
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when you cannot wash
- Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes
- Keep frequently used surfaces clean
- Get enough sleep, drink plenty of water, and eat well-balanced meals
Flu Shot Myths
Despite the known benefits of flu shots, misconceptions about them scare some people away from getting one. Read about common flu myths so you can be feel confident getting your flu shot.