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Getting the flu shot can reduce the risk that you will get the flu. Getting the flu shot may ease the symptoms, too, if you catch this nasty virus.

There is a wide variety of vaccines:
-The nasal spray is quick, easy and better yet, painless. You sniff and you’re done.
-There is a flu shot that covers four versions of the flu, and one that will protect you from three strains of the flu.
-You can even choose a flu vaccine that uses a shorter needle

Flu expert Anne Schuchat, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says the crucial thing is to just get vaccinated, “That first cough or fever is not the time to think about influenza vaccination. Today is the time to start thinking about it, and to make the time for yourself and those you love.”

The Basics
Everyone age 6 months and older needs to get a flu shot (vaccine) every year. The seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others from the flu.

For many people, the seasonal flu is a mild illness. But for some people, the flu can lead to:

-Serious infections like pneumonia (“noo-MOHN-yah”)
-Hospitalization
-Death

The flu spreads easily from person to person. When you get the flu shot, you don’t just protect yourself, you also protect everyone around you.

Take Action
You can get a flu shot at your doctor’s office or clinic, your employer, or your local health department. A great number of people find it most convenient to get the vaccine from their favorite pharmacy.

Stop Spreading the Germs
By following the guidelines below, you can help stop spreading the flu:

-Sneeze or cough into a tissue, then throw it away and wash your hands.
-Stay home from work or school for at least 24 hours AFTER your fever is gone – WITHOUT the aid of fever reducing medications.
-Take time to wash your hands with soap and water. Singing the popular childrens ABC song will help you lather up longer.
-Quit touching your face! Your eyes, nose and mouth are easy access points for germs to enter your body.
-Stay away from sick people.