Get a Flu Shot!
This flu season, protect yourself and your family from the flu. How? Get a flu shot. All IEHP Members qualify for a FREE flu shot!
Everyone age 6 months or older should get the flu vaccine. The flu shot is even more important for people with a high risk of flu complications, such as:
- People 65 years old or older
- Pregnant women
- Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities
Remember, the flu shot doesn’t prevent the flu. But it can help reduce the chance of getting it and spreading it to others. Ask your Doctor about getting the flu shot.
Common Myths about the Flu Shot
Can the flu shot cause the flu?
There is no live flu virus in the flu shot. Therefore, the flu shot cannot cause the reaction that goes away and not symptoms of the flu.
The flu shot does not work
The flu shot protects you from getting the flu, but it’s still possible to get sick. By getting the flu shot you have significantly reduced the risk of getting sick.
Got my flu shot last year, I don’t need one this year
The flu virus can change every year. The flu shot from last year may not work for the flu virus this year. It is important to get your flu shot every year.
Do antibiotics cure the flu?
No, antibiotics do not work on the flu. Antibiotics are used to treat infections caused by bacteria. The flu is caused by a virus.
Never get the flu so will not need a flu shot
We hope no one gets the flu. Even healthy people can get the flu. Flu shot is your best defense to avoid getting sick.
The flu season has already started so too late for me to get the flu shot
The flu shot can be given before or during the flu season. It is recommended to get in October or November, or anytime during the season. Better to get the flu shot than not getting one at all.
Frequently Asked Question
Where can you get the Flu Shot?
Adults older than 18 years old
Children less than 18 years old
- Doctor’s office
- Pharmacies contracted with IEHP to give the shot such as Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens, and independent pharmacies
- Health clinics
Please call the doctor’s office, pharmacy or health clinic for availability and if an appointment is required. If you do choose to get it at a pharmacy or a health clinic, be sure to tell your Doctor. That way, your Doctor can update your health records and have a full picture of your healthcare history.
What are some ways to avoid getting sick?
1) Wash your hands
2) Eat healthy
3) Drink lots of fluids, like water and juice.
4) Get plenty of rest
5) Clean areas around you
What should you do if you get the flu?
1) Stay home and rest.
2) Drink lots of fluids, like water and juice.
3) See your Doctor if symptoms do not improve.
If yo 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. Or, call an Urgent Care at iehp.org.