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Should I get a flu shot?

Last Updated: 02/17/2023

Yes, the CDC and the New Jersey Department of Health strongly recommend everyone six months of age and older get a flu vaccine every year.

It is likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both be spreading this fall and winter, making it more important than ever to get a flu vaccine. It is the best way to protect yourself and others – especially those who are particularly vulnerable to both COVID-19 and influenza such as older adults and those with chronic health conditions.

Getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19 as influenza viruses and coronaviruses are different; however, the flu vaccine can reduce flu illnesses, hospitalizations, and can help to conserve potentially scarce healthcare resources during the pandemic.

September and October are good times to be vaccinated.

Flu vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines may be given at the same time.

Flu vaccines are safe and effective and are offered in many locations including doctor's offices, clinics, health departments, urgent care centers, and pharmacies.

Low or no cost flu vaccinations will be available through local health departments, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and some non-profit organizations.

Find an FQHC near you with this search tool, through 211 online, or by directly calling 2-1-1 (support is available in English and Spanish).

The New Jersey Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) also ensures private providers can offer no or low-cost for children flu and other vaccines for children who are Medicaid-eligible, uninsured, and underinsured.

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