Flu shots: frequently asked questions

You may know that a yearly flu shot is one of the best ways to help protect yourself and your family from the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Medical Association (AMA).1 But you may have more questions before you get your flu shot this year — like when to get one and what’s covered. Here are answers to some of the more common questions we’re hearing about flu shots.

Flu shot basics

Common health concerns about flu shots

More ways you can help protect yourself against the flu

After you get your flu shot, continue to take steps to protect yourself and others from the flu and from COVID-19. That means frequent hand-washing, wearing a cloth mask and keeping a safe distance when you’re in public spaces. Here are more ways you can help protect yourself and your community:

If you’re feeling sick, stay home

Wash your hands throughout the day, especially after you’ve been in a public place or if you sneeze or cough

Avoid close contact with others and maintain a physical distance from others when you’re in public spaces

Wear a cloth mask to cover your mouth and nose when you’re around others. This helps protect others in case you may be infected

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, like doorknobs, tables, countertops, phones and more