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Seasonal Influenza: Flu Basics

The flu season in southeast Michigan usually begins in the fall around October and ends around May. Each flu season, Wayne State University Physician Group works to ensure all employees and patients are informed about where to get vaccinated and why getting the flu shot each year is so important.

Who should get the flu vaccine?

Everyone 6 months or older should get a flu shot each year. Even healthy children and adults can get very sick from the flu and spread it to family and friends. The best way to protect yourself and others against the flu is to get a vaccine every flu season.

It is especially important to get a flu shot if you, someone you live with, or someone you care for is at high-risk of complications from the flu, including:

  • Children & infants
  • Health care workers
  • Pregnant women
  • Seniors
  • People with disabilities
  • People with health conditions
  • Travelers

Can I get the flu from the vaccine?

No, you can’t get the flu from the flu vaccine. But you may experience some mild side effects such as soreness, headaches and fever.

When should I get the flu shot?

You should get your flu shot today. Early immunization is most effective.

Is the flu shot covered by insurance?

Flu shots are covered by most insurance plans. If you don't have insurance, several WSUPG clinics offer affordably priced shots.

Do I need an appointment?

Generally, no appointment is needed to get your flu shot at a Wayne State University Physician Group clinic. For more information about getting a flu shot at a WSUPG clinic please call 877-978-3627.

Flu Resources

www.cdc.gov/flu

www.flu.gov

Credit: Flu.gov, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)