Press Release

Flu shots available at IU Health Arnett

September 29, 2021

During the COVID-19 pandemic, reducing the overall burden of respiratory illness is important to protect vulnerable populations at risk for severe illness. For the upcoming flu season, a flu shot will be very important because it can help reduce the overall impact of respiratory illnesses on the community.

“Getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, however flu vaccination has many other important benefits,” explains Thomas Meyer, MD, infectious disease for Indiana University Health Arnett. “Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization and death.”

IU Health Arnett is offering multiple ways for patients of IU Health to receive a flu shot.

For patients age 12 or older:

  • Request a flu shot during any in-person visit with a healthcare provider.
  • The IU Health Arnett Retail Pharmacy, located at Entrance 4 of IU Health Arnett Hospital, is providing walk-in flu shots for individuals 12 years of age and older. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No appointment is necessary at this location. Pharmacy hours are Monday – Friday, 8 am – 6:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9 am – 4:30 pm. Call 765.448.8900 to learn more.

For pediatric patients:

  • Pediatric flu clinics will be held on Saturdays from 8 am – 2 pm and Sundays from 8 am – noon September 25 through December 5 at the IU Health Arnett Medical Offices located at 253 Sagamore Parkway in West Lafayette. Appointments are required. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. To schedule an appointment, please call 765.448.8100.

**Patients with Indiana Medicaid, part of the Vaccines for Children (VCF) program must schedule a regular office visit.

A flu vaccine provides several individual health benefits, such as keeping you from getting sick with flu, reducing the severity of your illness if you do get the flu and reducing your risk of a flu-associated hospitalization. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone older than 6 months receive an annual flu vaccine as soon as the vaccine becomes available.

IU Health’s highest priority is patient safety. As a trusted leader in caring for people and advancing health, we are responsible for delivering the best care in the safest environment. Influenza (flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses.

To learn more about the flu vaccination, visit iuhealth.org/flu.

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