Getting an annual flu shot is especially important for people who are at high risk for infection, such as students (who live and study in crowded areas), health care workers, those who smoke, those over 50 and children under 2 years of age, and those with weakened immune systems (e.g.,due to recent illness).  The CDC currently recommends flu vaccine for everyone.

Since the strain of the flu virus changes every year, annual vaccines are needed. The seasonal influenza vaccine is available in both the live (intranasal) and inactivated (injectable) forms.  To access the CDC Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) please click:

Flu Facts:

  1. The vaccine itself does not cause the flu!
  2. Over 20% of Rutgers students report missed assignments and lower grades due to colds and Flu.
  3. The Flu (influenza) is an upper respiratory infection caused by a virus.
  4. The Flu is highly contagious and spread via respiratory droplets of an infected person.  It is spread through coughing, sneezing, or coming in contact with an infected surface, such as a contaminated doorknob or phone.
  5. Adults are contagious one day before symptoms appear and up to 7 days after they are ill.
  6. Flu outbreaks usually occur in the late fall and winter.
  7. While antibiotics cannot help you with a cold or Flu, antiviral medications may be indicated in certain situations.  While they do not cure Flu, if given early enough (within the first 2 days of symptoms), they may decrease symptom duration.