Originally posted September 17, 2020 on HealthCare.gov

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months and older get a yearly flu shot by the end of October. By getting the shot, you’re helping to lower the spread of flu-related illnesses, hospitalizations, and even death.


3 more reasons it’s important to get your flu shot:

  • With Marketplace health insurance, your flu shot is free from a provider in your plan’s network. Immunization vaccines are a covered preventive care benefit.
  • While babies, children, and older people are most vulnerable, no one is immune from the flu.
  • Getting vaccinated is more important than ever. Getting the shot helps reduce illness and preserve health care resources as the country battles the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency.

According to the CDC, the flu vaccine doesn’t increase the risk of getting COVID-19. When you get your shot, try your best to maintain social distancing, avoid waiting areas, and always wear a mask.

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