This year's vaccine covers all expected flu strains, so no additional vaccinations should be necessary.
Who should get the seasonal flu vaccine?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual vaccination against influenza for all persons aged six months and older, including all adults.
Children between the ages of 6 months and 8 years should receive a second dose at least 4 weeks after their first vaccination.
Additional information about influenza vaccination is available on the CDC website.
COVID-19 and flu season
This year, more than ever, getting a flu shot is important. Why? Symptoms of the flu can be similar to COVID-19. For more information, visit the CDC's Frequently Asked Influenza (Flu) Questions page.
Flu vaccination clinic schedules by location
Clinics are offered in the following locations:
- Hudson, Merrimack, and Milford
- Lebanon (Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center)
Flu clinics at other Dartmouth Health member sites
- Keene (Cheshire Medical Center)
- Lebanon (Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital): No clinics at this time
- New London (New London Hospital): No clinics at this time
- Windsor (Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center)
Are you flu savvy? Take this quiz and see how well you can tell flu fact from flu myth.
True or False: You can't get the flu from the flu vaccine.
- True: The flu vaccine contains dead or inactivated flu virus, and cannot cause infection, so it is impossible to get the flu from the vaccine. The vaccine works to prepare your body to fight off infection from the live virus. A person may get a fever and body aches after getting the flu vaccine, but this is most likely the immune system reacting to the vaccine or an unrelated viral infection.
True or False: The flu vaccine significantly reduces your risk of getting the flu and passing it on to your family and friends.
- True: Flu viruses change every year. The flu vaccine is updated to include current viruses from year to year. So get the flu vaccine every year to protect yourself, and your friends and family.
True or False: The flu vaccine is safe for pregnant women, seniors and children over six months of age.
- True: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the flu vaccine for everyone older than six months of age. The only reason not to get the vaccine is if you have had a severe reaction to the flu vaccine in the past.
- Current global situation: World Health Organization
- Current national situation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- New Hampshire information: New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
- Key facts about influenza (flu) and flu vaccine (CDC)
- Tips on preventing the flu (CDC)
- Cold vs. flu (CDC)
- Information for schools, childcare providers and parents (CDC)