Get the Flu Vaccine
Help ensure your and your family’s overall wellness by getting your annual flu vaccine at Mount Auburn Hospital. The flu vaccine is the most effective way to protect your whole family from the influenza virus.
Who Should Get the Flu Vaccine?
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend everyone older than 6 months get an annual flu vaccine, your doctor may particularly encourage you to do so if you are:
- Younger than 5 years old
- More than 50 years old
- Living with certain chronic medical conditions
- A resident of a nursing home or long-term care facility
- A caregiver for someone at high risk for flu complications
Who Shouldn’t Get the Flu Vaccine?
Your doctor may recommend you not get the flu vaccine if you meet one of the following criteria:
- Currently have the flu
- Running a fever
- Younger than 6 months old
- Have a severe allergy to chicken eggs
- Had a past severe reaction to a flu vaccine
- Developed Guillian-Barré syndrome within six weeks of your last flu vaccine
Why Do I Need to Get a Flu Vaccine Every Year?
The flu virus slightly changes its makeup each year, so flu vaccines are adapted annually to account for variations in the virus’s makeup. Getting a new vaccine each year ensures you’re protected against the latest strains.
Additionally, your immunity against the flu virus may decline over time. You can make certain your immune system is as strong as possible by getting the vaccine every year.
Learn about the upcoming flu season from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Is a Flu Shot the Only Option for Vaccination?
No. You can get the flu vaccine through either an injection or a nasal spray. Ask your doctor which delivery system is best for you.
Will the Flu Vaccine Make Me Sick?
You cannot get the flu from an influenza vaccine, but you may experience some mild side effects. The most common side effects from the flu shot are soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling at the injection site. The most common side effects from the nasal flu vaccine are runny nose, cough or nasal congestion.
Our Commitment to Your Safety & Wellness
Rest assured you’re putting your health in good—and healthy—hands. We take great pride in vaccinating our entire hospital staff and community from the influenza virus to ensure we’re providing top-quality care for our patients and not contributing to the spread of preventable viruses.