Flu vaccines are especially important this year due to several factors, including the possibility of being co-infected with both the flu and COVID-19.
Unlike COVID-19, influenza has a safe and effective vaccine available every year. For both the flu and COVID-19, the elderly and those with underlying conditions are more susceptible, but the flu also hits children particularly hard and spreads readily in schools.
The more people in all age groups who get a flu vaccine, the more protected these vulnerable populations will be. So, help keep these people safe by getting your flu shot!
Did you know most insurance companies cover 100% of your flu shots at no cost to you? That means for most people, your flu shot is free! Even if your insurance does not, our cash pay price is only $35, so flu shots are very affordable!
Drop by one of our many locations, with no appointment or visit fee required, to get your flu shot today.
All HeathCARE Express Locations Also Offer FluMist
Scared of needles? Ask your Healthcare Express provider if FluMist is right for you! Like the chickenpox vaccine, FLUMIST QUADRIVALENT is a live vaccine, containing a weakened form of the influenza virus.
These vaccinations are intended to trigger an immune response, not to infect you with the virus. Live vaccines help your body build up antibodies against the virus, and since the FLUMIST vaccine is administered in the nose, it helps build up immunity where the flu often enters.
All of our locations currently offer FluMist. Stop by one of our many locations, with no appointment required, to get your FluMist today.
Flu Shot FAQ
How long does immunity from influenza vaccine last?
Protection from influenza vaccine is thought to persist for at least 6 months. The CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Getting vaccinated early (for example, in July or August) is likely to be associated with reduced protection against flu infection later in the flu season.
How do flu vaccines work?
Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are used to make the vaccine.
The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. Most flu vaccines in the United States protect against four different flu viruses (“quadrivalent”); an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and two influenza B viruses. There are also some flu vaccines that protect against three different flu viruses (“trivalent”); an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and one influenza B virus. Two of the trivalent vaccines are designed specifically for people 65 and older to create a stronger immune response.
Does the existence of COVID-19 make the flu shot more important?
Yes! It is possible to test positive for flu (as well as other respiratory pathogens) and the virus that causes COVID-19 at the same time.
How do I know if I have the flu or COVID-19?
The best way is to come in and get tested for the flu and/or COVID-19, but we also have a blog post and chart that compares the symptoms of COVID-19 with the flu.
Who is recommended to be vaccinated against influenza?
ACIP recommends annual vaccination for all people ages 6 months and older who do not have a contraindication to influenza vaccine. We do not offer pediatric flu shots.
Does a flu vaccine offer protection from COVID-19?
Getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, however flu vaccination has many other important benefits. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization and death. Getting a flu vaccine this fall will be more important than ever, not only to reduce your risk from flu but also to help conserve potentially scarce health care resources.
Are there any flu shot alternatives?
Yes! For people who are scared of needles, we also offer FluMist. FluMist is a vaccine that is sprayed into the nose intended to trigger an immune response to help protect you against the flu.