Don’t wait to get the flu shot. You can get the flu shot many places, including your doctor’s office and your local pharmacy — most places accept Medicare Advantage Plans. Contact your Medicare Advantage plan with any questions about your coverage, and reach out to your provider if you have health concerns during this time.

 

Influenza, also known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness that is caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs.

Flu season typically occurs in the fall in the winter, with peaks between December and February. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 8% of the U.S. population, on average, gets sick from the flu each season, with a range of between 3% and 11%, depending on the season. Medical experts agree that the best way to prevent the flu is by getting a seasonal flu shot.

Here are some facts on flu vaccination:

 

In addition to getting your flu shot, here are several additional steps you can take to avoid the flu:

Download our Flu Prevention Checklist to share with your networks, or print and keep handy during this time. Download the Checklist!

 

For general information on Influenza and regular updates, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) page.