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Flu Shots Are Safe1, Effective and No Cost for Medicaid Members

Did you know flu shots prevent millions of illnesses and flu-related doctor’s visits each year2? They take only minutes to get and are no cost – making them an easy and convenient way to protect you and your family from illness. Plus, you can get your COVID-19 vaccine at the same time, if eligible.


Where to get your annual flu shot

There are many convenient places to go – whether you make an appointment or just walk in. 

Here are some options for you:

Who should get the flu shot

Everyone six months and older should consult their doctor about getting the flu shot with rare exception3. Getting the flu shot helps everyone, especially:

  • Pregnant moms
  • Children and families
  • People with chronic conditions
  • Caregivers
  • Seniors

When to get your flu shot

A flu shot can offer protection anytime during the flu season, which stretches from October through April or May. But getting the flu shot early – before the season hits – is the best way to protect yourself and family from the virus.

1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Flu Vaccine Safety Information Updated August 25, 2022. Accessed August 30, 2022 

2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccine Effectiveness: How Well Do Flu Vaccines Work? Updated July 22. Accessed August 22, 2022. 

3 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Who Should and Who Should Not Get a Flu Vaccine. Updated July 22. Accessed August 22, 2022.  

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