An annual flu vaccine is the best way to fight the flu. The Health Department recommends getting vaccinated as soon as possible. The flu vaccine is available at Health Department clinics. Use the Flu Vaccine Finder on this page to locate other vaccination centers near you.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated against the flu every year, especially people who are at high risk.
Learn more about all types of flu from CDC.
Report Flu Cases
Physicians and laboratories are encouraged to report any laboratory-confirmed influenza (including rapid tests) to the Fairfax County Health Department. Please contact the Communicable Disease/Epidemiology unit with any questions at 703-246-2433.
2017-2018 Flu Season
Seasonal flu viruses can be found year-round; however, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States between December and March.
- Frequently Asked Flu Questions 2017-2018 Influenza Season (CDC)
- Toolkit for Long-Term Care Employers (CDC)
- Track flu activity in Virginia (VDH)
- Get an annual flu vaccine.
- Wash your hands.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Stay home when sick.
Learn About Seasonal Flu
- Flu vaccine is safe and effective.
- Flu vaccine cannot cause the flu.
- Use the Flu Vaccine Finder to locate a provider near you. Cost for vaccine may vary by location.
- Flu vaccine is available through all of the traditional flu vaccine providers which include:
- Your doctor or health care provider.
- Local pharmacies and grocery stores.
- Flu vaccine is available at Fairfax County Health Department clinics.
See How Community Immunity Works
When enough people are vaccinated against the flu, everyone in the community is protected. For community immunity to work, each of us who can receive vaccine, must be vaccinated each year, because the flu virus changes from year to year.