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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. The flu vaccine is updated every year to combat the flu viruses that research indicates are most likely to cause illness during the upcoming season.

There are two types of vaccines:

  • The “flu shot” — an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a needle, usually in the arm. The flu shot is approved for use in people older than 6 months, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions.
  • The nasal-spray flu vaccine —a vaccine made with live, weakened flu viruses that do not cause the flu (sometimes called LAIV for “live attenuated influenza vaccine” or FluMist®). LAIV (FluMist®) is approved for use in healthy people 2-49 years of age who are not pregnant.

It’s also important to take everyday preventative actions to stop the spread of germs. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and make sure to throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. Also, wash your hands often with soap and water and try to avoid touching your eyes and mouth.

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