Get your FREE flu shot this season.
Stay on top of your health.
Getting a flu shot is a free, easy and safe way to protect yourself and your loved ones.
More important than ever this year
With COVID-19 and flu season overlapping, the risk of getting both viruses at the same time is real. Flu shots help keep one of those viruses at bay.
Protect family and friends
If not for yourself, then get a flu shot for those around you. Like wearing a mask, getting a flu shot is an act of kindness to help protect friends, family, and at-risk populations.
Help out hospitals
Hospitals are already dealing with COVID-19 this year. Help limit the spread of the flu and keep hospital beds open for those who need them. It’s one of the best things you could do for our frontline healthcare heroes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends individuals over the age of 6 months, with no known allergies to gelatin, gentamycin, eggs, or prior allergic reactions to the vaccine and with no history of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) or other serious illness, should get an annual seasonal influenza vaccine.
The CDC recommends getting a flu shot by the end of October to provide optimum protection against the flu, which generally starts widespread circulation in the U.S. around January. Children who are receiving their first flu vaccine ever will need two doses, so they should receive their first shot by the end of September. That way, they can get their second dose by the end of October, since the two doses must be given at least four weeks apart.
It generally takes two weeks after receiving the flu shot for your body to build up enough antibodies to protect against an influenza infection. Once the antibodies are present, you are considered protected until the beginning of the next flu season.
Yes. Because the influenza virus changes each year and because protection from the virus declines over time, you should get the flu vaccine each year.
Yes. We offer different formulas of the flu vaccine to accommodate the needs of individuals. We have standard dose flu shots, high-dose shots for people 65 years old or older.
Yes. Our Urgent Care and Urgent Care Express locations offer flu shots to children 6 months of age or older.
The CDC recommends that pregnant women receive the flu shot to protect themselves and their unborn babies from the flu.
The most common side effects reported from the flu shot include:
- Soreness, redness or swelling at the injection site
- Low-grade fever
- Muscle aches
Any side effects are generally mild and subside on their own within 1 to 2 days.
No. Flu shots are made with inactive virus or with a single protein, neither of which can cause illness. Even the nasal spray, which contains attenuated, or weakened, live viruses, won’t cause a flu infection.
The virus that causes the flu is different from the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, so the flu vaccine won’t protect you from COVID-19.
Our doctors, nurses, technicians and support staff are required to wear face coverings and other personal protective equipment. You will also be asked to wear a face covering while receiving the flu shot. Additionally, we adhere to social distancing, check staff’s and patients’ temperature upon entering and frequently clean high-touch surfaces to minimize the potential to spread illness.
Baptist Health has been a trusted name in South Florida for decades. Our nurses, technicians and support staff pride themselves on providing quality healthcare with your safety always at the forefront of the care they provide. It’s important that you stay on top of your health, just as we stay on top of the latest healthcare advances to keep you safe and healthy.
** This information should be used for general education purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a doctor or healthcare provider. Baptist Health does not assume liability for loss or damage due to reliance on this information. To learn more about who should and who should not get a flu vaccine, please visit the CDC website, https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/whoshouldvax.htm.