One of the best things you can do to keep yourself healthy? Get your flu shot. It makes you less likely to get the flu, and less likely to be seriously sick if you do get it.
If you have cold or flu symptoms and need to seek medical attention, please choose one of the options below. We want to make sure you get the care you need in the most appropriate setting.
How can I get a flu shot if I AM a John Muir Health patient?
Call your doctor’s office to schedule an appointment for a flu shot. To help with social distancing in our waiting areas, we are doing all flu shots by appointment.
How can I get a flu shot if I’m NOT a John Muir Health patient?
Many local pharmacies and grocery stores are offering flu shots. Check with your health insurance plan to find out the best place for you to go. Or, find a John Muir Health primary care doctor, schedule your first appointment and ask about getting your flu shot.
When is the best time to get a flu shot?
It’s best to get the flu shot now! The CDC recommends that everyone get the flu shot in September or October.
Who should get a flu shot?
The CDC recommends that everyone age 6 months or older get a flu shot every year.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t get a flu shot?
The only people who shouldn’t get a flu shot are those with severe, life-threatening allergies to the flu vaccine or any of the ingredients in the vaccine. If you are not sure whether the flu shot is okay for you, discuss with your doctor.
What about older adults, who are also at higher risk for Covid-19 and complications of flu?
There is a special flu shot available for adults 65 years and older. This flu shot has an added component that helps to boost the immune response to vaccination. Ask your doctor if this is a good option for you.
Is there anything else I can do to protect my health during flu season?
Yes! Please continue to wear a mask, wash your hands, avoid touching your face, practice social distancing, avoid large gatherings and stay home if you are sick. This helps protect you and others from the flu as well as Covid-19.