Get Vaccinated Against the Flu


Dr. Rodgers and guest Dr. Anthony Fauci tell listeners why everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year.

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DR. RODGERS: Take steps to stay healthy this flu season. Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, one of the directors at the NIH.

The flu season is here and even if you got a flu vaccine last year, you need to get another one. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH, explains:

DR. FAUCI: The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated every year. Each year, the vaccine is updated to fight the viruses that will be most common during the flu season. The flu vaccine is available as a shot or nasal spray. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine. If you are pregnant, have a long-term health condition such as asthma, diabetes, or chronic lung disease, or if you are over the age of 65-getting vaccinated is especially important. Talk to your doctor about which option is best for you.

DR. RODGERS: Follow us on Twitter @HealthyMoments. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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