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Flu Shots

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?

 

Pregnant Women

 

Children
Younger Than 5

 

Adults Older
Than 65

And Those With:

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Asthma

 immune-system

Weakened 
Immune Systems

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Diabetes

 

Heart Disease

4 Ways to Get a Flu Shot at Ochsner Health System

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

2. Flu Prevention at Your Worksite

Ochsner Corporate Wellness offers on-site flu vaccinations at local area businesses.

Please call 504-842-5799 to schedule an appointment or click here for more information.

3. Visit an Ochsner Pharmacy & Wellness Location

Ochsner Pharmacy & Wellness accepts most insurances, and walk-ins are welcome.

New Orleans

Pharmacy & Wellness - New Orleans
1514 Jefferson Hwy.
New Orleans, LA 70121
504-842-3205

Pharmacy & Wellness - Primary Care
1401 Jefferson Hwy.
New Orleans, LA 70121
504-842-8310

Pharmacy & Wellness - Baptist
2820 Napoleon Ave., Ste 220
New Orleans, LA 70115
504-703-9640

Pharmacy & Wellness - Kenner
200 W. Esplanade Ave., Ste 106
Kenner, LA 70065
504-464-8250

Covington

Pharmacy & Wellness - Covington
1000 Ochsner Blvd.
Covington, LA 70433
985-871-2549

Bayou

Pharmacy & Wellness - St. Anne
108 Acadia Park Dr.
Raceland, LA 70394
985-297-6016

Baton Rouge

Pharmacy & Wellness - Summa
9001 Summa Ave.
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
225-761-5905

Pharmacy & Wellness - O'Neal
16777 Medical Center Drive, Ste 103
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
225-754-5160

Destrehan

Pharmacy & Wellness - Destrehan
13100 River Rd., Suite 110
Destrehan, LA 70047
985-240-4610

Flu Shots: Myths vs. Facts

If you are experiencing flu symptoms, see a doctor today.

Myth:

The flu vaccine gives you the flu.

Fact:

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.

Myth:

The flu vaccine isn’t effective.

Fact:

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.

Myth:

I don’t need a flu vaccine every year.

Fact:

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 you are experiencing flu symptoms, see a doctor today.