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Flu vaccine

Where to get a flu shot

The flu shot is widely available in 2021. Contact or call your healthcare provider, pharmacy or a state public health center near you to ask about flu vaccine availability.

Who should get the flu shot

Everyone aged six months and older can get vaccinated against the flu. DHSS has ordered extra vaccine to ensure widespread protection. There will be plenty of free flu vaccine available throughout the state. It is especially important for older adults, pregnant women, young children and those with chronic health conditions.

Importance of getting a flu shot this year

If a bad flu season coincides with a spike in COVID cases, flu vaccinations are one way we can take charge and help to prevent our limited health care system from becoming overwhelmed. A study published in 2018 showed that from 2012 to 2015, flu vaccination among adults reduced the risk of being admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) with flu by 82 percent.

The flu shot protects you, and protects those around you.

When to get a flu shot

The best time to get your shot is by the end of October, but it’s never too late. The flu vaccine is available well into spring.

The flu shot does not protect against COVID-19

Alaskans are encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and continue measures of mask wearing, hand washing, physical distancing and observing guidance from federal, state and local health officials to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Learn more

Find more information at this CDC webpage about the flu vaccine.

References

“Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness in Preventing Influenza-Associated Intensive Care Admissions and Attenuating Severe Disease among Adults in New Zealand 2012-2015”, by Mark G. Thompson, PhD, Nevil Pierse, PhD, Q. Sue Huang, PhD, Namrata Prasad, MPH, Jazmin Duque, MPH, E. Claire Newbern, PhD, Michael G. Baker, MD, Nikki Turner, MD and Colin McArthur MD.