U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Prepare for flu season

When it comes to flu vaccinations, earlier is better.

Though flu season in the United States usually peaks between December and February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting vaccinated by October, if possible.

The Virginia Department of Health and CDC suggests everyone six months of age and older receive a flu vaccination each year.

The vaccination is crucial for individuals at high risk of serious complications from the flu. Those at high risk include adults age 65 years and older, young children, pregnant women and people with certain medical conditions.

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