Vaccination is the best protection against contracting the flu. The seasonal flu vaccine now contains the H1N1 (Swine) flu vaccine. The CDC is encouraging people to get vaccinated.
You can't get the flu from getting a flu vaccine!
The flu vaccine does not give you the flu. It stimulates your body to produce antibodies. These antibodies provide protection against infection by flu viruses.
Seasonal Influenza Vaccination:
All persons, including school-aged children who want to reduce the risk of becoming ill with influenza or of transmitting influenza to others, should get the flu vaccine. Those people at greatest risk for complications of the flu and those most likely to get or spread the flu should be vaccinated with the flu vaccine as soon as it is available. These include:
Who Should Not Be Vaccinated:
There are some people who should not get a flu vaccine without first consulting a physician. These include:
More from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention >> http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/acip/persons.htm
Where can I get the seasonal flu vaccination?
How is the vaccine administered?
You can receive the flu vaccine one of two ways, i.e. nasal spray or shot. The nasal spray is a live, attenuated intranasal vaccine (or LAIV) that is sprayed into the nose. The flu shot is an inactivated vaccine (vaccine that has killed virus in it), which is injected into the muscle.