In addition to a flu shot, people ages 2 to 49 have the option to receive a nasal spray to protect themselves from the flu. For some people, especially children, this is a great alternative.
Although a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself from the flu, it’s also important to take other precautions such as washing your hands often, wearing a mask in public and keeping a distance of six feet between you and others, Dr. Shivdasani says. The precautions can help protect you from both flu and COVID-19.
“I think COVID may help people realize just how important flu shots are this year,” she says. “The pandemic has demonstrated just how serious a virus can be.”