Get Vaccinated for the Flu
It is more important now than ever before that you get your flu shot. Here’s why:
- To protect yourself and those around you
- To prevent flu in communities most at-risk for influenza and COVID-19
- To protect our healthcare system, reserving resources for those who become ill with COVID-19
Flu vaccine facts:
- The flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
- The flu vaccine is safe, and is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older.
- Flu vaccine does not cause the flu because the virus used is dead or weakened so it cannot make you ill. Fewer than 1% of people develop flu-like symptoms, such as mild fever and muscle aches, after vaccination. These side effects are not the same as having the actual disease.
The more people vaccinated prior to the arrival of the flu, the lower the risk to our community, especially those most vulnerable to illness.
Immunizations are one of the most effective means available for protecting the health of your child and the health of our community.
- Read 10 reasons to be vaccinated.
- Learn about vaccines that prevent diseases.
- Frequently asked questions about pertussis.
- Frequently asked questions about measles.
If you need a vaccination, schedule an appointment with your primary care provider. If you don’t have health insurance or a primary care provider, schedule an appointment at a Clackamas County Health Center. Affordable options are available for people who are uninsured or underinsured.
Which vaccines do you need at each age?
Frequently asked questions about immunization and vaccines
Vaccines are one of the most effective and successful tools to prevent disease, illness, and premature death from infectious diseases.63881
Immunizing individuals helps to protect the health of the community, especially those who cannot be immunized such as infants and children too young to be vaccinated or certain people who cannot receive vaccines for medical reasons.63881
Vaccines prevent deadly diseases, and the benefits of getting immunizations are much greater than the unlikely possible side effects for all children.63881
Millions of individuals safely receive vaccines each year. The U.S. has a long-standing vaccine safety system that monitors vaccines and ensures they are safe, and there is no evidence to suggest that vaccines threaten a long, healthy life.63881
As a condition of attending any school in Oregon, all children are required to be immunized against 11 vaccine-preventable diseases, including: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, hepatitis A and B, and haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib).63881
For a child to be exempt from all or part of the immunization requirements, a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in a public, private, or charter school must provide one of the following an Oregon Certificate of Immunization Status, and if it applies, one of the following:
- Documentation that a child should be exempted because the child has a medical condition that puts them at-risk of harm; or
- A certificate to decline one or more immunizations for non-medical purposes
For more than 50 years, immunization has saved more than a billion lives and prevented countless illnesses and disabilities in the United States. Vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough, are still a threat. They continue to infect U.S. children, resulting in hospitalizations and deaths every year.63881
No. The viruses and bacteria that cause illness and death still exist and can be passed on to those who are not protected by vaccines. In a time when people can travel across the globe in just one day, it’s not hard to see just how easily diseases can travel, too.63881
Yes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccinations throughout your life to protect against many infections. When you skip vaccines, you leave yourself vulnerable to illnesses such as shingles, pneumococcal disease, influenza, and HPV and hepatitis B, both leading causes of cancer. You also put others around you at risk by transmitting infections to others who choose not to vaccinate or cannot receive immunizations for age or medical reasons.63881
Vaccines are an important part of your overall health. Like eating healthy foods, exercising, and getting regular check-ups, vaccines play a vital role in keeping you healthy. Vaccines are one of the most convenient and safest preventive care measures available. Experts recommend a healthy diet and exercise most days, whereas vaccines are typically only needed one time per year.63881
Vaccination can mean the difference between life and death. Vaccine-preventable infections are dangerous. Every year, approximately 50,000 US adults die from vaccine-preventable diseases in the US.63881
The US has the best post-licensure surveillance system in the world making vaccines extremely safe. There is extraordinarily strong data from many different medical investigators all pointing to the safety of vaccines. In fact, vaccines are among the safest products in all of medicine.63881
No. Vaccines will not give you the disease they are designed to prevent. Some vaccines contain “killed” virus, and it is impossible to get the disease from them. Others have live, but weakened, viruses designed to ensure that you cannot catch the disease.63881
No. Young and healthy people can get very sick, too. Infants and the elderly are at a greater risk for serious infections and complications in many cases, but vaccine-preventable diseases can strike anyone. If you’re healthy, getting vaccinated can help you stay that way.63881
Vaccine-preventable diseases are expensive. An average influenza illness can last up to 15 days, typically with five or six missed work or school days. Adults who get hepatitis A lose an average of one month of work.63881
When you get sick, your children, grandchildren and parents are at risk, too. A vaccine-preventable disease that might make you sick for a week or two could prove deadly for your children, grandchildren, or parents if it spreads to them. When you get vaccinated, you’re protecting yourself and your family. For example, adults are the most common source of pertussis (whooping cough) infection in infants, which can be deadly in infants. In 2010 alone, 25 US infants died from whooping cough.63881
Your family and coworkers need you. In the US each year, millions of adults get sick from vaccine-preventable diseases, causing them to miss work and leaving them unable to care for those who depend on them, including their children and/or aging parents.63881