Flu Facts

Arm yourself against the flu! All IEHP Members qualify for a FREE flu shot.

Make sure you do what you can to protect yourself from the flu virus. Everyone ages 6 months or older should get the flu shot. Especially, Members who are:

  • 65 years of age or older
  • Pregnant
  • Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities
Remember, the flu shot doesn’t prevent the flu, but it can help reduce getting it and spreading it to others.

Three myths about the flu shot

Myth 1: I can get the flu from the flu shot.
False. The flu shot is made from a virus that is not active, so it doesn’t cause infection.

Myth 2: I’m healthy; I don’t need the flu shot.
False. Healthy people can get sick, too. The flu shot can help lower your chances of getting sick.

Myth 3: I got a flu shot last year. I don’t need a shot this year.
False. The flu strains change every year, so you should get a new shot to protect yourself.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where can I get the flu shot?

A: Your Doctor’s office (for adults and children), or certain network pharmacies (for adults only).

Q: What are ways I can avoid getting the flu?

A: To avoid getting the flu, you should:      

  • Wash your hands
  • Eat healthy
  • Drink lots of fluids, like water and juice
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Clean areas around you
  • Get the flu shot

Q: What should I do if I get the flu?

A: If you get the flu, be sure to:

  • Stay home and rest
  • Drink lots of fluids, like water and juice
  • See your Doctor if symptoms do not improve

If you have the flu but can’t reach your Doctor, call the IEHP 24-Hour Nurse Advice Line at 1-888-244-IEHP (4347) or 1-866-577-8355 for TTY users. Our nurses can connect you with a Board-Certified Doctor by telephone or virtual visit via video chat.

Resources

Cold vs. Flu - Know the Difference (PDF) 

Flu Symptoms and What to do (PDF)