Protect Yourself and Others by Getting a Flu Shot

Sep 16, 2021 | 2021, Access, Health and Wellness

In addition to remaining vigilant and following public health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it’s important to protect yourself and those around you from Influenza (flu) and flu-related illness by getting the annual flu vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone six months of age and older get an annual flu vaccine. Sutter Health Plus covers preventive care services, such as the yearly flu vaccine, at no cost share when provided by a participating provider.

The flu vaccine may help prevent the flu or shorten its duration and prevent the spread of flu to those who are vulnerable. Pregnant women, young children, adults over 65, and people with certain health conditions are at greater risk for severe flu complications.

Flu season typically runs from October through March or April. Sutter experts recommend getting vaccinated between mid-September through October to help ensure the vaccine remains potent and has the best chance of protecting you through the duration of the flu season. It takes your body about two weeks after vaccination to build the antibodies that protect against the flu.

Three Ways to Get a Flu Shot*

  1. Schedule an appointment at a Sutter flu shot clinic through My Health Online or calling (844) 987-6115.
  2. Schedule an appointment at a Sutter Walk-In Care (available for members six months and older by appointment only).
  3. Visit a network pharmacy, such as Rite Aid, Walgreens, or CVS (call ahead to check availability).

Already Caught the Flu?
If you think you’ve caught the flu, contact your doctor for diagnosis and any needed treatment. If you need care quickly, consider same-day care at a Sutter Walk-In Care location or through a video visit.

The Flu and COVID-19 Vaccines
Even if you have received the COVID-19 vaccine, you still should consider getting a flu vaccine. The two viruses are different and require separate immunity-boosting vaccination—just as measles and chickenpox do.

We understand many people have questions about the availability of COVID-19 booster vaccines. While booster doses are not currently approved or recommended by the FDA for the general population, we anticipate approvals may occur soon and we will share more information at that time.

*Flu vaccines are not available at Sutter urgent care facilities.