The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone six months or older get vaccinated against the flu as long as flu viruses are circulating. Even if you have already been sick with flu like symptoms, the flu vaccine is recommended to protect you from other strains of flu viruses. Influenza is not the common cold; it can be a severe to life-threatening disease that annually results in more than 30,000 U.S. deaths. Immunization remains the primary method of reducing seasonal influenza illness and its complications. Getting an annual influenza vaccination (either the traditional shot in the arm or the inhaled nasal spray vaccine) protects many people from getting the disease or becoming severely ill. The seasonal influenza vaccine not only helps protect vaccinated individuals, but also helps protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of the disease. More information can be found at​