Flu shot and preventing seasonal flu

Millions of people get influenza (flu) every year, and while it may be common, seasonal flu is a potentially serious disease. It can lead to hospitalization and even death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).1

Getting a flu vaccine (flu shot) every year can reduce the risk of having to go to the doctor with flu by 40 percent to 60 percent.1 With most UnitedHealthcare benefit plans, you can get a flu shot at no additional cost to you.

Plan your flu and COVID-19 vaccines during the same visit

According to the CDC, everyone 6 months and older can get an updated COVID-19 vaccine. Getting the flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to help protect yourself and your family. According to the CDC, the flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be received during the same time. Talk to your doctor to schedule your vaccines together.

What to know about getting a flu shot

Learn more facts about flu shots

Watch these videos to get up to speed on flu shot facts to know for this year.

More ways to help protect yourself against the flu

After you get your flu shot, continue to take steps to protect yourself and others from the flu. That means frequent handwashing, wearing a mask and keeping a safe distance when you’re in public spaces.