The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is encouraging all Iowans to get their yearly flu vaccination. An average of 300,000 Iowans get the flu every year and getting your vaccine is the most effective way to prevent the flu or death.

IDPH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend annual influenza vaccinations for everyone 6 months of age and older. It’s especially important to be vaccinated if you have regular contact with people more vulnerable to the complications of flu, including babies, children with asthma, and the elderly.

This year’s flu vaccine is plentiful and available in both the injectable (‘shot in the arm’) and mist (‘spray in the nose’) options.

For information about the vaccine, including where you may find a local vaccine provider, visit www.idph.state.ia.us/Cade/Influenza.aspx?pg=FluVaccine.