Learn about the flu season

Put flu vaccination on your to-do list

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that getting vaccinated every year is the best defense against the flu virus. But when is the best time to do it? You can get vaccinated as soon as the product is available during the year. And as long as flu viruses are circulating, it is not too late to get vaccinated.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended that FluMist Quadrivalent not be used for the 2017-18 influenza season. We encourage patients and caregivers to have conversations with their healthcare providers about this year’s ACIP recommendation as part of discussions around influenza vaccination.

 

Back-to-school is a great time to protect your children against the flu. Here's why:

  • Kids are more likely to be infected with the flu than adults
  • They are contagious for longer periods of time
  • They are more likely to pass the virus on to others

Group settings like classrooms make it easy for the virus to spread. And even though most people associate flu season with the winter months, outbreaks can actually begin as early as October.

 

Wintertime is not too late.

When the temperature drops, the number of cases of flu rises. But that peak doesn’t mean you and your family missed your chance. Get protection with influenza vaccine that will last you the rest of the season.

 

Flu season usually lasts from October to May

It's best to get vaccinated before flu starts spreading in your community, or as long as flu viruses are circulating. Flu season can start as early as October, peak between December and February, and last as late as May. Ask your health care provider when the product is available and the appropriate time to get vaccinated to help protect against the flu.