Flu Shot

More than ever, it's important to get your flu shot this year to protect yourself from the disease

The flu is a contagious and potentially serious respiratory illnesses that can lead to serious complications.

Getting a flu shot may not make you completely immune from getting sick, but it can significantly lessen the severity of your symptoms.

The timing of the flu is difficult to predict and can vary from season to season. Reduced population immunities due to lack of flu virus activity since March 2020 could result in an early and possibly severe flu season. View the CDC’s frequently asked questions regarding the 2021–2022 flu season.

Common Symptoms of the Flu

The CDC lists the following symptoms of the flu:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue

Protect Yourself

Getting a flu shot is one way to protect yourself from getting the flu. However, there are preventative actions you can take to further protect yourself and your family from spreading the flu:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick or in large gatherings

Understanding the Flu

The timing of the flu is difficult to predict and can vary from season to season. Reduced population immunities due to lack of flu virus activity since March 2020 could result in an early and possibly severe flu season. View the CDC’s frequently asked questions regarding the 2021–2022 flu season.

Common Symptoms of the Flu

The CDC lists the following symptoms of the flu:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue

Protect Yourself

Getting a flu shot is one way to protect yourself from getting the flu. However, there are preventative actions you can take to further protect yourself and your family from spreading the flu:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick or in large gatherings

At IU Health, we take pride in providing convenient care close to home – and flu shots are no exception. Prioritize your health and schedule an appointment with your primary care provider, participating IU Health retail pharmacies or urgent care locations. View IU Health locations near you.

Where can I get a flu shot?

At IU Health, we take pride in providing convenient care close to home – and flu shots are no exception. Prioritize your health and schedule an appointment with your primary care provider, participating IU Health retail pharmacies or urgent care locations. View IU Health locations near you.

Frequently Asked Questions

At IU Health, you may get a flu shot from your primary care provider, participating urgent cares and retail pharmacies.

Find a flu shot location near you

Yes! We encourage all our patients who are eligible to get vaccinated against the flu. Not only does the flu shot reduce your risk of getting the flu and lessen symptoms if you do get sick, it also helps prevent the flu from spreading.

The CDC recommends an annual flu shot for everyone 6 months and older.

a. Yes, you can get a flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine at the same time. If you have concern about getting both vaccines at the same time, patients are encouraged to speak with their healthcare provider.

Flu vaccines are not designed to protect against COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is your best protection against COVID-19. View the our COVID-19 page for more information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to the CDC, there is no evidence that getting a flu shot raises your risk of getting COVID-19 or any other illness.

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