Flu Vaccine Finder

KNOW HOW THE
FLU SPREADS

  • This year it’s more important than ever to get a flu shot.
  • The flu virus is mainly spread from person-to-person contact.
  • A person infected with the influenza virus can spread virus germs from up to 6 feet away.
  • In 2017-2018, only an estimated 1 out of every 2 New Jersey residents ages six months and older received a flu vaccine.
  • The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine.

EVERYONE SHOULD

GET THE FLU VACCINE

  • It is recommended everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine.
  • Flu season lasts from October to May, and the flu vaccine takes 2 weeks to build immunity. Get vaccinated by the end of October to protect yourself for flu season.
  • Some children receiving their first dose of flu vaccine may require 2 doses.
  • Older adults, children under the age of 5, pregnant women, and adults with chronic conditions like asthma, heart disease, and diabetes are at higher risk of severe flu complications.
  • Even healthy children and adults can be hospitalized or die from the flu. Getting a flu vaccine significantly reduces your chances of being hospitalized or dying from flu.
  • The flu vaccine is safe and effective at reducing the spread of flu and preventing serious flu complications.

WASH YOUR
HANDS OFTEN

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

PROTECT YOURSELF

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Get your flu vaccine.
  • Call Your Doctor if you think you have flu symptoms.
    There are prescription medications that you can take to help reduce the severity of your illness.

PROTECT OTHERS

  • Practice social distancing this flu season – maintain a 6 feet distance from people who do not live in your home.
  • Wear a mask when out in public over your mouth and your nose. Masks significantly reduce the spread of influenza and COVID-19 germs.
  • People can spread the flu to others before they develop symptoms. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and others from the flu.
  • Tell your family and friends to get their flu shot this flu season to make sure they are protected.
  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
  • If you are sick, stay home!

TAKE ACTION

  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of flu.
  • Schedule your appointment for a flu shot today! Use the flu finder tool to help you.
  • The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program offers vaccines at no cost for eligible children through VFC-enrolled doctors. Find out if your child qualifies by contacting your local health department or visiting the NJDOH website to learn more about the VFC Program.
  • If you experience flu symptoms, call your health care provider immediately.