Flu Shots

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Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever this year. Protect yourself and the people around you from flu & reduce strain on healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Make a flu shot appointment or check times of our new drive-thru/walk-up flu vaccine service by calling 773.751.7800.

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Need to Know

  • Flu vaccines will not prevent COVID-19, but they will reduce the burden of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths on the health care system and conserve scarce medical resources for the care of people with COVID-19. (Read more about flu vaccine benefits.)
  • CDC estimates that last season, fewer than half of Americans got a flu vaccine and at least 410,000 people were hospitalized from flu. Increased vaccination coverage would reduce that burden.
  • Most flu vaccines protect against the four flu viruses that research suggests will be most common. (See Vaccine Virus Selection for this season’s vaccine composition.)
  • Everyone 6 months of age and older should get annual flu vaccine by the end of October. Learn more about vaccine timing.
  • Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness.
  • People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older. Many people at higher risk from flu also seem to be at higher risk from COVID-19.
  • Vaccination also is important for health care workers, and other people who live with or care for people at higher risk to keep from spreading flu to them. This is especially true for people who work in long-term care facilities, which are home to many of the people most vulnerable to flu and COVID-19.
  • Children younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for infants should be vaccinated instead.

— facts from Centers for Disease Control

Get your flu shot soon

  • It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza virus infection.  
  • That’s why it’s better to get vaccinated by the end of October, before the flu season really gets under way.

It’s quick and easy.

  • Call 773.751.7800 to set up an appointment to get a flu shot today. 
  • You can also find walk-in options at the Chicago Department of Public Health’s online Flu Clinic Finder: www.ChicagoFluShots.org