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Prevent the Flu

Mask Up, Lather Up, Sleeve Up


Flu and COVID-19 are respiratory illnesses that are caused by different viruses. Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are the same, you might need testing to know which virus you have.

Getting a flu shot is more important this year than ever. Get your flu shot early to protect yourself and the people around you and to lower the burden on healthcare systems.

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Who Should Get a Flu Shot?

Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu shot every year.

Flu Vaccination

Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from flu, including:

  • Adults over 65 years of age
  • Young children
  • People with chronic health conditions
  • Pregnant women

The flu vaccine is also very important for people who have close contact with people who are at higher risk for complications for the flu.

Learn more about High Risk Groups >>

When Should I Get Vaccinated?

The CDC recommends getting a flu shot in September or October, but getting vaccinated anytime during the flu season can protect you.

Where Can I Get Vaccinated?

  • Visit your regular health care provider.

  • Public Health offers flu shots by appointment at the Northwest Health Department, 2845 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216 | Map  
    • Call 704-336-6500 for an appointment or for information on high dose vaccines and FluMist nasal spray.

Know Your Ws Wear Wait WashPrevent the Flu

In addition to the flu vaccine, healthy habits can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like flu and COVID-19.

  • Follow the three Ws.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Learn more about Flu Prevention >>