Flu – short for influenza – is a respiratory illness that spreads easily from person to person.
Flu vaccination is your best protection against the flu, which usually begins in the fall and can continue through late spring.
Protection can take up to 2 weeks to develop after vaccination and it lasts about a year. People 6 months of age and older should get the vaccine.
Everyday actions can help prevent flu too.
Learn about flu vaccines and why you should get vaccinated.
Learn how you can step up to prevent flu.
Find out how to treat flu and when to seek medical care.
Download flu tools and materials: videos, posters and more.
Flu vaccination is a priority for VA health care providers. Learn more.
Learn how VA prepares for and responds to pandemic flu.