The start of fall means the start of flu season. While the exact timing and duration of flu seasons can vary, influenza activity often begins to increase in October. Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever to protect yourself and those around you from the flu. The flu vaccine, which typically comes as a shot or nasal spray, can reduce your chances of getting the flu by as much as 60 percent, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Contrary to a common misconception, the flu vaccine cannot give you the flu. In an article by Women’s Health, Summit Health Internist Dr. Soma Mandal helps to explain the facts on the flu vaccine and potential side effects.