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Where Can You Get the Flu Vaccine?

  • Doctor's offices
  • Pharmacies
  • Health departments
  • College health centers
  • Some workplaces

The CDC has an online vaccine finder that can show you the nearest location.

What if You Get the Flu?

If you start feeling sick and are older than 65, are pregnant, or have conditions like asthma or diabetes, call your doctor right away. Ask about antiviral medicines. They can shorten the flu by 1 or 2 days and prevent serious problems like pneumonia. But it’s best if you take them as soon as you have symptoms like fever, sneezing, body aches, stuffiness, or coughing.

If you aren't likely to have medical problems, you probably don't need this type of medicine.

There are two FDA-approved antiviral medications for flu. You shouldn’t take either if you’ve had symptoms for more than 2 days:

Relenza (zanamivir). People age 7 and older can take this. You inhale this medicine, so people with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) shouldn't take it.

Tamiflu (oseltamivir). People age 1 year and older can take this. It comes in pill form for adults and teens over age 13. It also comes in liquid form.

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