The best way to protect yourself from flu is to get vaccinated! Vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body 2 weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against future infections. The flu vaccine protects against the flu viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season.
Who should get the flu vaccine?
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season.
When should you get the flu vaccine?
The CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial even into January or later. Children who need two doses of vaccine to be protected should start the vaccination process sooner, because the two doses must be given at least four weeks apart.
Where can you get the flu vaccine?
Montgomery County Office of Public Health offers free flu vaccination clinics to Montgomery County residents. Other facilities that offer the flu vaccine can be found using CDC's Flu Vaccine Finder.