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Fight the Flu
The power to fight the
flu is in your hands.
flu is in your hands.
Join the millions of people who get their flu shot early—and stay flu-free all season long!
There's nothing better than sharing time with family and friends. But flu season is here—and we all know how fast the flu can spread. Now is the time for you and those around you to get the flu shot.
PROTECT YOURSELF AND LOVED ONES
Any one of the people you come in contact with—family, friends or coworkers—may be carrying the flu virus.
Ask a member of your treatment team about getting your flu shot today.
Check your flu IQ
Do I need a flu shot every year?
Yes. Flu viruses change each year, that's why the vaccine is updated to fight the most current virus types.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (external link) recommends a yearly flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible.
Is it important that I get the flu shot?
Yes. People with kidney disease are at greater risk for complications related to the flu. Since the flu is very contagious—spreading easily through coughing, sneezing and close contact—doctors recommend you get the shot early in the season.
Is there a new flu shot this season?
No. In addition to the flu vaccine that's made to fight 4 flu virus strains, the high‑dose vaccine will be available. The high-dose vaccine is designed specifically for individuals 65 years and older.
Can I get the flu from the flu shot?
No. The flu shot cannot give you the flu. However, some people may experience mild flu‑like symptoms after getting the shot.
Stay healthy this flu season
In addition to getting your flu shot, here are some simple tips to help you and your family stay flu‑free:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol‑based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Try to avoid crowds and close contact with sick people.
- Practice good health habits like getting plenty of sleep and eating nutritious foods.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.