Most Philadelphians are focused on reducing their risk of catching COVID these days. The vast majority of Philadelphians are getting vaccinated, most of us wear masks when we’re around other people, and plenty of us are still holding gatherings outdoors and checking others’ vaccine status.

Many of these common sense efforts can also cut your risk of catching the flu. But there is one thing that more Philadelphians need to do: get their flu shot.

Getting the flu shot has been shown to reduce your chances of getting sick with the flu, which is great to start. But if you do catch the flu, the flu shot will help keep it mild so you don’t end up in bed for a week or worse, hospitalized.

Who should get a flu shot?

Everyone who is older than 6 months should get a flu shot every year.

Where can I get a flu shot?

Your regular healthcare provider likely has flu shots available, and most pharmacies have walk-up availability. Flu shots are also available on a walk-in basis at City health centers, and many federally qualified health centers have them available as well.

When should I get a flu shot?

As soon as possible! Flu season usually starts in Philadelphia in December or January.

What about my COVID vaccine? Can I get a flu shot at the same time?

Absolutely! You can get your flu shot and COVID vaccine at the same time. Getting both vaccines will help keep you safe from both viruses and help keep your loved ones safer through the whole winter.