Thursday, September 24, 2020
Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever to protect yourself and the people around you from the flu. Adults 65 years and older are at high risk of serious complications from influenza due to weakening of the immune system. A flu vaccine is the best way to help prevent flu and its potentially serious complications.
This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your healthcare provider before accepting medical treatment.
What is a flu shot?
An influenza (flu) shot is a flu vaccine given with a needle, usually in the arm. Seasonal flu shots protect against the three or four influenza viruses that research suggests may be most common during the upcoming season.
Who should receive a flu shot?
Everyone over the age of 6 months, especially older adults, should get a flu vaccine every year.
When should I receive a flu shot?
The CDC is recommending to get vaccinated early this year in September and October to prevent illness.
What are the side effects that could occur?
Common side effects from a flu shot include soreness, redness, and/or swelling where the shot was given, headache, fever, nausea, muscle aches and fatigue.
Where can I receive a flu shot?
You can receive a flu shot at your doctors office. You can also receive a flu shot at any pharmacy including Walgreens, CVS or Jewel Osco. Due to COVID-19, a drive thru flu shot clinic might be available in your area. To find a vaccine location near you, click here.
How can I prevent getting the flu?
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Wash your hands often with soap and water
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Flu Shot Locations by County
Local pharmacies and grocery stores have flu shots available. Check with your local store for more information. You can also check with your primary care physician for flu shot information at their office.
Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital
James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center