Flu season is here, and before we know it we will be in the midst of the December-to-February peak. While the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is forcing many parents to stay home from work and many children to stay home from school this fall, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are still recommending that just about everyone get an annual flu shot in order to protect themselves and those around them.
If you have questions about the flu shot for the 2020-2021 flu season, there are some good resources available from the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Here are five federal government websites you can visit to learn about the flu vaccine for the current season:
1. CDC’s Frequently-Asked Influenza (Flu) Questions: 2020-2021 Season
The CDC has published a list of frequently-asked questions (FAQs) about the flu vaccine for the 2020-2021 flu season, and it most recently updated its FAQs on August 31, 2020. Here you will find answers to questions such as:
- What viruses will the 2020-2021 flu vaccines protect against?
- What flu vaccines are recommended this season?
- Are there any new vaccines licensed for use during the 2020-2021 flu season?
- I don’t have a primary care provider, where can I get a flu vaccine?
- How can I safely get a flu vaccine if COVID-19 is spreading in my community?
2. CDC’s Information for Health Care Professionals Regarding the 2020-2021 Flu Season
Even if you are not a health care professional, it can be helpful to read the CDC’s recommendations for doctors and other providers who will be administering the flu shot this season. In addition to resources such as What You Need to Know for 2020-2021 and CDC Vaccination Guidance During a Pandemic, the agency has also made publicly available information statements, flyers, brochures, and other documents that health care providers typically distribute in their offices during flu season.
3. CDC’s Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Supply for the U.S. 2020-2021 Influenza Season
If you have questions about the availability of the flu vaccine or the types of vaccines that are being made available to the U.S. for the 2020-2021 flu season, you can read this Q&A from the CDC.
4. FDA’s Influenza Vaccine for the 2020-2021 Season
Most-recently updated on September 3, 2020, this FDA resource provides a list of the types of flu vaccines that are being made available in the U.S. It also lists the brand names of the flu shots being offered in the U.S. this year along with the vaccines’ manufacturers.
5. FDA’s Influenza Virus Vaccine Safety & Availability
Finally, if you have questions about the flu vaccine or influenza in general, you can read the FDA’s short overview and use its list of additional government resources. The resources linked from the FDA’s website include additional information about preventing the flu, how different types of flu vaccines work, and getting vaccinated during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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