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Flu Vaccine Basics

Flu Vaccine Basics


The flu vaccine protects your family from the flu. For many people, the flu is more than a seasonal annoyance — it can be dangerous.

The flu vaccine is especially important this year. During the COVID-19 pandemic, getting the flu shot is an easy way to keep our lungs healthy and stop the flu from spreading to people who might get dangerously ill.

All Nemours locations have COVID-19 safety measures in place to protect your family when you come for a visit. Go to Nemours.org/Coronavirus to learn more.

 


Where to Go

Check this listing to see which Nemours locations have the flu shot available. Our helpful red, yellow, green guide will let you know when it’s time to make your child’s flu shot appointment.

Nemours practices in Delaware and Pennsylvania also have the flu vaccine available as a nasal mist. Ask your provider if it’s right for your child.

Many Nemours locations are offering after-hours and weekend flu clinics. Dates and hours are listed on each Nemours practice webpage.

 

    No flu shots

 

    Limited flu shot supply, call the office for information

 

   Flu shots available for all patients

Know the Flu Shot Facts


Q

Is the flu vaccine safe?

A

Yes.

Q

Does the flu vaccine cause the flu?

A

No. The flu vaccine cannot give you the flu.

Q

When is flu season?

A

Flu season usually runs from early Fall through Spring.

Q

Why does my child need a flu shot every year?

A

Your body’s immunity against the flu virus declines over time, which is why it’s important to get a flu shot every year.

Q

Who should get the flu shot?

A

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older. It's especially important for people who are at greater risk of having health problems from the flu to get vaccinated.

Q

When should my child get the flu shot?

Getting vaccinated before the flu season is in full force (ideally by the end of October) gives the body a chance to make antibodies that protect from the virus. Even though it's best to get vaccinated as soon as the flu vaccine is available, getting the vaccine later still can be helpful. Even as late as January, there are still a few months left in the flu season, so it's still a good idea to get protected.

Q

Are there side effects?

A

People might feel sore in the area where they had the shot. A few people get a slight fever. These are just signs that the body is already getting to work building up its defenses against the flu.
 

Show Us Your Shot


Take a photo of your band-aid and share your #FluShotSelfie with us on Facebook or Instagram. Be sure to tag @nemours.

       

Flu Facts from KidsHealth

Get more flu shot facts from KidsHealth .

Already Got the Shot?

If your child already got a flu shot at another location, call your Nemours provider to let them know.