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FAQ: If you have hepatitis C, should you get a flu shot?

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Q: If you have hepatitis C, should you get a flu shot?

Yes. Having chronic hepatitis C is actually a good reason to get the flu shot. Chronic hepatitis C is a condition that can increase your risk of complications if you do get influenza. That's why it is recommended for people with hepatitis C, and most chronic liver diseases, to be vaccinated against the flu.

To stay up to date with your influenza vaccinations, you need to be vaccinated every year--ideally, early in the flu season or as soon as the vaccine becomes available. Typically, flu season is considered to be October to March. It's best to get vaccinated annually because the vaccine is designed differently each year to target the strains of influenza that are expected to circulate during that particular flu season.