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.
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.