Influenza (Flu) Vaccination
Everyone should get a flu shot now if they have not already done so this season. It is not too late to get vaccinated to protect yourself against the flu.
The most at-risk populations include:
- Children younger than 5, but especially children 2 years old and younger
- Adults 65 years of age and older
- Pregnant women
- American Indians and Alaskan Natives
- People who have medical conditions including, but not limited to, asthma, heart disease, and weakened immune systems due to disease or medication
Test Your Flu Knowledge
Think you know everything about the flu? Check out our flu fact sheet (also available in Spanish) for more information and see how your knowledge measures up.
Where can you get the vaccine?
What if I get the flu?
If you get the flu, you may feel very sick. It is best to stay home, rest, drink plenty of fluids and take over the counter medications as needed for symptoms such as fever.
In most healthy people, the flu goes away in 5 to 7 days, although you may feel more tired than normal for much longer. Healthy people with mild illness are encouraged to treat symptoms at home. Babies, older adults and people with immune system or lung problems - like difficulty breathing - should see a doctor right away.
The CDC has prepared these easy to understand handouts, in English and Spanish, for more information about taking care of yourself or a loved one with the flu, preventing the spread of flu and when to visit your medical provider.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, WebMD, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, Denver Public Health.