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Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during the 2020-2021 flu season to protect yourself and the people around you from the flu, and to reduce the strain on healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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?
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Ongoing Flu Shots at Pharmacies – Call location for information & procedures
Edward Hines, Jr VA Hospital is offering flu shots to Veterans at its main facility and at its Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). Hines Drive-Thru hours are from 7 AM – 4 PM, Monday through Saturday and CBOC hours are from 7 AM – 3:30 PM, Monday through Saturday. No appointment necessary.
Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Center is offering flu shots to Veterans at the Primary Care Clinic and Immunization Clinic (beginning November 1st) for eligible and enrolled Veterans. Call (800) 393-0865 and press 2 to make an appointment at the Primary Care Clinic.
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