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It's Time: Roll Up Your Sleeve

Veteran getting a flu shot

Every fall, you're reminded by your doctor, coworkers, and probably even your family that it's time to get your flu shot. The flu can spread quickly. All it takes is for someone with the sniffles to cough, laugh or sneeze within three to six feet of you. Flu season usually starts in October and peaks between December and February. The vaccine takes time to kick in, which is why it always feels like everyone starts talking about flu shots as soon as summer ends.

Which means it's a good time to get your flu vaccination.

It's important to remember that anyone can get the flu. But you are more likely to become infected if you:

  • Have a weakened immune system

  • Have regular, close contact with young children

  • Work in a health care setting where you may be exposed to flu germs

  • Live or work with someone who has the flu

  • Haven't received an annual flu shot

The flu virus changes over time, so vaccinations are updated each year to keep up with the changes. Health care providers recommend getting the flu vaccine each fall or winter. Get a flu shot as soon as it is available, so you don't spend some of your winter in bed because of the flu. Vaccination is the surest way to protect against getting the flu.

Veterans who are receiving VA health care can get the flu shot at a nearby VA health care facility. Veterans who have non-VA health care providers, see where you can get your flu shot.

Go to the VA Vaccination page to learn all about the flu vaccination. If you visit a non-VA provider, remember to manually add your flu vaccination to your Health History.

Please vote in our unscientific poll. All responses are anonymous.

Have you received your flu shot for this season?