The 2017-18 FLUZONE® Vaccines
are Made to Help Protect
Against the Following Four
Strains of the Virus:2

  • A/Michigan/45/2015 X-275 (H1N1) pdm09-like strain
  • A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 X-263B (H3N2)-like strain
  • B/Brisbane/60/2008-like strain
  • B/Phuket/3073/2013-like strain

CAN I SPREAD THE FLU IF I DONT HAVE SYMPTOMS?

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Flu myths and facts

There are a lot of questions and misconceptions about the flu. Take a look at the flu myths below and get the facts. The more you know, the better prepared youll be to get your flu shot this year.

CAN I SPREAD THE
FLU IF I DONT
HAVE SYMPTOMS?

It is a common myth that the flu cant be spread unless you show signs of having it. Fact is, people can spread the flu even before symptoms begin.3 That’s why its good to practice healthy habits all year round, like washing your hands often and covering your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough.3

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Do I need a flu shot every year?

Because flu viruses change year to year, so do the vaccines. In order to keep up with the changing viruses, you need to be vaccinated with the current vaccine every single year.1

CAN THE FLU SHOT
GIVE ME THE FLU?

Its a myth that you can get the flu from the shot. Thats because flu vaccines are made either with vaccine viruses that are dead, or no viruses at all. And when there are no active viruses present, you just cant get the flu.6

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Should I wait to get vaccinated so Im protected longer?

Its a myth that you should wait to get vaccinated so you are protected longer. Flu vaccinations are
designed to last all season long. Plus, it takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop to help
protect against the flu, so you shouldn’t wait until peak flu season.6

WILL DOUBLE VACCINATION GIVE ME DOUBLE PROTECTION?

This is a myth. Sometimes children require a different dosing schedule of the flu vaccine to help prime their immune systems, but theyre not getting double vaccinated.5 However, for adults, there is no evidence suggesting that more than one annual dose of the flu vaccine provides any additional protection.6

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When should I get vaccinated?

You should get your flu shot annually, as soon as the flu vaccine is available in the late summer or early fall.1 If you don’t have a chance to get a flu shot right away, vaccination throughout flu season into the winter months and beyond is still recommended and beneficial.1

WHEN IS IT TOO LATE TO
GET THE FLU SHOT?

Flu vaccines are usually available in the late summer or early fall. Depending on the year, the peak may occur as early as late fall or as late as early spring,1 so December or January wouldnt be too late to get a flu shot. Even so, you are encouraged to get a flu shot as soon as the vaccine is available.1

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Is it OK to get a flu shot at a retail store or clinic instead of my physicians office?

Yes. Influenza vaccines are now widely available at pharmacies, workplace flu clinics, retirement homes and many more places.7 You should get vaccinated at the place that is
most convenient for you.