It’s the time of year when individuals and families start scheduling their annual flu vaccines. While flu cases were down over the last two years—notably due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols—getting a flu vaccine remains one of the best ways to prevent flu-related illness or help shorten the duration of an illness. And, by getting a flu vaccine, you’re protecting yourself and others, too.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months of age and older get the vaccine. Pregnant women, young children, the elderly, and people with certain health conditions, are at greater risk for severe flu complications. New for 2023, the CDC advises that everyone 65 and older should get the enhanced version of the flu vaccine since it offers stronger protection against infection.
The ideal time to get your vaccine runs from the end of September through November, and Sutter Health Plus members can get flu vaccines at no out-of-pocket cost.
Four Ways to Get a Flu Vaccine*
- Schedule an appointment at a Sutter flu vaccine clinic through My Health Online or by calling (844) 987-6115.
- Schedule an appointment at a Sutter Walk-In Care (available for members six months and older by appointment only).
- Visit a network pharmacy, such as Rite Aid, Walgreens, or CVS (call ahead to check availability).
- Schedule an appointment with your primary care physician or pediatrician.
In addition, take everyday preventive steps to stop the spread of germs by avoiding contact with sick people, covering your nose and mouth before coughing or sneezing, and washing your hands often.
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.
*Flu vaccines are not available at Sutter urgent care facilities.