Take Action: Get the Vaccine
Flu vaccines are offered in many locations. You can get a flu vaccine at a doctor’s office, health clinic, pharmacy, or your local health department. Your employer may also offer the flu vaccine.
Find out where to get a flu vaccine near you.
Use this vaccine locator to find out where you can get a flu vaccine near you.
What about cost?
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law passed in 2010, insurance plans must cover the seasonal flu vaccine.
- Depending on your insurance, you may be able to get the flu vaccine at no cost to you. Talk to your insurance company to find out more.
- If you have Medicare Part B, you can get a flu vaccine for free.
To learn more about other services covered by the Affordable Care Act, visit HealthCare.gov.
Take Action: Healthy Habits
Fight the flu.
Getting a flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting yourself from the flu.
Here are some other things you can do to keep from getting and spreading the flu:
- Stay away from people who are sick with the flu.
- If you are sick, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand rub (hand sanitizer).
- Try not to touch your nose, mouth, or eyes.
Ask your doctor about medicine to treat the flu.
If you get sick with the flu, your doctor may prescribe medicines called antiviral drugs. Antiviral drugs can help you feel less sick and shorten the time you are sick.
If you are at high risk for complications from the flu, it’s important to ask your doctor about antiviral drugs right away.
Antiviral drugs work best in the first few days after you get sick, but they may still help if you take them later on, especially if you are very sick.
Get the facts about flu antiviral medicine.