Flu Activity is on the Rise on Our Region
How to identify flu symptoms and what to do if you think you need to seek care: Click Here
To assess your symptoms with a nurse, call the 24/7 Ochsner On Call line, at 1-800-231-5257
FLU SEASON IS HERE
Are you waiting until the last minute? Don’t. Flu shots take about two weeks to provide protection. Get vaccinated before peak flu season hits by scheduling your appointment online today. Or discover four ways you can get your flu shot at Ochsner.
Who Should Get a Flu Shot?
Everyone Older Than 6 Months
Ochsner offers a variety of flu shot options, including preservative-free alternatives for pregnant women and people with allergies. Please note that due to a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nasal spray vaccinations will not be available this year.
Who’s at Risk for Flu-Related Complications?
Younger Than 5
And Those With:
1. Primary Care Physicians
Ochsner primary care physicians offer flu shots by appointment.
To schedule an appointment:
- Schedule online through our secure patient portal, MyOchsner
- Call your doctor
- Call 1-866-OCHSNER
3. Visit an Ochsner Pharmacy & Wellness Location
Ochsner Pharmacy & Wellness accepts most insurances, and walk-ins are welcome.
4. Visit an Urgent Care Location
Flu Shots: Myths vs. Facts
If you are experiencing flu symptoms, see a doctor today.
The flu vaccine gives you the flu.
A flu shot does not cause the flu. Flu vaccines are made with “inactivated” viruses, so there is no live flu virus in the shot. However, common side effects include soreness, redness and swelling at the shot site.
The flu vaccine isn’t effective.
The vaccine’s effectiveness varies by season. However, recent studies show vaccination can reduce the risk of getting the flu by 50 to 60 percent in the general population, according to the CDC.
I don’t need a flu vaccine every year.
Over time, immune protection from the flu vaccine decreases, meaning yearly shots are the best way to protect yourself and your family.
Think You Have the Flu?
If flu symptoms arise, Ochsner patients can call Ochsner On Call (1-800-231-5257 or 504-842-3155), a free service with specially trained registered nurses available to discuss your health care concerns, to help you decide if your symptoms require going to the emergency room for assessment or a visit to a physician, and to recommend appropriate self-care techniques.
Existing Ochsner patients can also contact their medical provider via MyOchsner, a secure online tool that allows patients to communicate with physicians, schedule online appointments, view lab and imaging results, request prescription refills and more. MyOchsner should be used only for non-urgent requests and questions.
Remember to wash your hands frequently and cover your mouth when sneezing and coughing to help limit spreading the virus to others.