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Flu Shot

Help Stop the Flu

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The CDC recommends that Americans do the following to help stop the flu:

  • Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the tissue after use.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand cleaners after coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Stay home from work or school if you are sick.
  • Get vaccinated (for everyone six months or older).
Flu Vaccine Finder at

Find Flu Clinics Near You At

Use the Flu Vaccine Finder at to find nearby locations offering flu shots or nasal spray flu vaccine. Locations are being added and updated throughout the season by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Latest NIH Flu Research

Scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and researchers supported by NIAID worldwide are working together to find better ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat seasonal and pandemic influenza, including 2009 H1N1 flu.

Developing new and improved flu vaccines is a high priority of NIAID through its influenza vaccine research program. NIAID works nationally with academic medical centers and organizations that provide a ready resource for conducting clinical trials to study promising vaccines and treatments for flu and other infectious diseases. Progress is being made in new technologies that produce vaccines, including vaccines against the flu.

To Find Out More


National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

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Winter 2011 Issue: Volume 5 Number 4 Page 23