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Don’t Wait to Vaccinate

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses, like flu, this fall and winter is more important than ever. While flu and COVID-19 share many characteristics, one key difference is that there are vaccines to prevent flu.

CDC has worked with vaccine manufacturers to have extra flu vaccine available this flu season. Manufacturers have already begun distributing flu vaccine and will continue to distribute vaccine throughout the season. CDC recommends getting a flu vaccination as soon as possible, but getting vaccinated anytime during the flu season can help protect you.

There seems to be a lot of confusion about flu and the benefits of the flu vaccine.​ Of all the years to get a flu shot, this is the year.

 

The Fact Is, Everyone Needs a Flu Shot

With rare exception, everyone six months and older should get a flu shot every year – even healthy people. The flu shot is especially important for people at increased risk of serious complications from flu.

These include:

  • People over age 65
  • People of any age with chronic conditions
  • Children under age 5
  • Pregnant women

Take 3 Actions To Prevent The Flu

GET VACCINATED

The flu shot is the best protection against flu and flu-related illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths. It is safe, effective and available at no cost at many doctors’ offices, pharmacies, community health centers and flu clinics. Don’t wait to vaccinate. Get your flu shot as soon as possible. It takes two weeks to be fully effective. Learn more about the 2020-21 seasonal flu vaccine.

STOP GERMS

In addition to getting a flu vaccine, take everyday actions to help stop the spread of germs. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your arm. Stay home as much as possible. If you must go out, wear a mask, watch your distance and wash your hands frequently. Avoid close contact with people that are sick and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.

GET TREATMENT

If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care.  If you become sick and are at increased risk for serious complications from flu, contact your doctor right away to discuss the benefits of antiviral medications that can be used to treat flu illness. Visit the CDC MedFinder for help filling a prescription

FREE Mobile Flu
Vaccination Clinics

CCDPH has partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois to offer FREE mobile flu vaccination clinics in suburban Cook County.

Help Us Spread Facts, Not Flu

Go here to see the most common flu myths and get the facts.

Explore Our Media Gallery

The “Spread the Facts. Not the Flu.” campaign consists of English and Spanish ads on social media, radio and billboards. This campaign is intended to debunk common myths about flu and the flu vaccine and stresses the importance of getting a flu shot this year. Listen for the “Spread Facts. Not Flu.” live DJ reads and commercials on the radio at V103FM and 105.1FM.

High-resolution design files are available for download and use by partners interested in branding as their own with a source credit to CCDPH. Please email CCDPH Communications for details.

Posters

Download this 11X17 poster for your workplace, business, college or university, apartment building, condo or home.

Billboards

Look for the “Spread Facts. Not Flu.” digital billboards in prominent and high-traffic locations on major roadways such as I-55, I-94 and I-294.

Social Media Ads

Look for the “Spread Facts. Not Flu.” social media ads (static and video) on Facebook, Instagram, Google Ads and YouTube in English and Spanish.

YouTube

Look for the “Spread Facts. Not Flu.” videos on YouTube in English and Spanish.