Influenza, commonly known as the “flu,” is a contagious disease caused by a virus. Flu season runs from September to May each year. Receiving a flu shot early in the season gives the most protection.

Everyone over the age of 6 months should get a flu shot each year. It is especially important for:

  • Children younger than 5
  • Seniors older than 65
  • All pregnant women
  • People with certain health conditions, including asthma, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, HIV/AIDS, and cancer

Flu symptoms can include:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults)

Fidelis Care members can get a FREE flu shot at a network pharmacy. Find one near you at Your primary care provider can also give you a flu shot. If you have questions about the flu shot, ask your provider.

For more influenza information, including helpful videos, click here.

Influenza Resources

Influenza (CDC)

Weekly FluView Activity Update (CDC)

Seasonal Influenza (NYSDOH)

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