The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over 6 months of age should get a yearly vaccine. Since it can take a few weeks after vaccination for your body to develop the antibodies that protect you from the flu, it’s a good idea to get your shot early- before flu season gets into full swing. Visit the CDC’s Seasonal Influenza page for information about the flu, prevention, treatment, healthcare professional information and more!
Flu.gov from the Department of Health and Human Services is a great place to get started for seasonal influenza information. Check here for information about who is at risk, caring for those with the flu, prevention precautions and a flu vaccine finder.
Healthcare personnel are especially encouraged to get annual flu vaccinations (that includes you, students!)
Check out the CDC’s Influenza Vaccination Coverage for Health-Care Personnel, the American College of Physicians Policy on Influenza Vaccination of Healthcare Workers, and the American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendation for Influenza Immunization of Health Care Personnel Policy Statement.
Don’t forget – the MEC librarians are always here to help you find more information about seasonal influenza and vaccination!