Fight The Flu: Where To Get Your No-Cost Flu Shot
Did you know that the flu vaccine is provided at no cost for Community First Members?
Flu activity was unusually low throughout the 2020-2021 flu season. COVID-19 measures such as wearing face masks, hand washing, and physical distancing likely contributed to the decline. Experts believe that flu vaccination may have also contributed.
A record number of vaccine doses (193.8 million doses) were distributed in the U.S. during 2020-2021.
The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu is to get your flu shot every year. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it’s more important now than ever before!
Where Can I Get My Flu Shot?
Your Primary Care Provider (PCP)
Your PCP is your first source for your health care needs, including your flu shot. If you haven’t scheduled your annual wellness visit yet this year, now is a great time to get that done, too!
STAR, STAR Kids, and CHIP Members under the age of 7 and University Family Care Plan Members under the age of 3 must get their flu shot from their primary care provider.
Community First approved pharmacies, including:
Flu Drives & Clinics
University Health and Bexar County Commissioners Precinct 1, 2, 3 & 4 are hosting drive-thru flu drives throughout the City of San Antonio this fall. These events will allow our community to receive their flu shots without leaving their vehicle.
Registration opens September 8. Registration is required.
- Freeman Coliseum: Saturday, September 18, 2021 (8 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
- Southwest Athletic Complex: Saturday, September 25, 2021 (8 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
- Dub Farris Athletic Complex – NISD: Saturday, October 9, 2021 (8 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
- Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium: Saturday, October 16, 2021 (8 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
Many Community First Providers are also offering flu shot clinics and drive-thru events. Call your PCP to find out your flu shot options.
How Much Does a Flu Shot Cost?
Flu shots are provided at NO-COST to Community First Members. In fact, all CDC-recommended child and adolescent immunizations are covered under your plan.
Unsure if your child is up to date on their vaccines? Find a complete list of recommended immunizations for children and adolescents aged 18 years or younger.
What's New With The Flu Vaccine For 2021-2022?
There are many different flu viruses, and they are constantly changing. The composition of US flu vaccines is reviewed annually and updated as needed to match circulating flu viruses.
This season, all flu vaccines will be designed to protect against the four viruses that research indicates will be most common.
Who Should Get The Flu Shot?
Almost everyone ages six months and up should get their flu shot, especially:
- Pregnant women
- Senior citizens over the age of 65
- Caregivers of the elderly and young children
- Healthcare workers
- Those with chronic health conditions like heart or lung disease, obesity, diabetes, and cancer
If you have an egg allergy or if you’ve ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) you should not get the flu shot. Babies under six months also cannot receive the vaccine. If you have any concerns, always ask your doctor.
Can The Flu Shot Give Me The Flu?
No, flu vaccines cannot cause flu illness. Flu vaccines given with a needle (i.e., flu shots) are made with either inactivated (killed) viruses, or with only a single protein from the flu virus. The nasal spray vaccine contains live viruses that are weakened so that they will not cause illness.
The most common side effects from the flu shot are soreness, redness, tenderness, or swelling where the shot was given.
What Should I Do If I Have Flu Symptoms?
Stay home and avoid contact with other people. Flu symptoms include:
- Body Aches
- Dry Cough
- Sore or Dry Throat
You should call your doctor if your symptoms are severe or you are at high risk for flu complications due to any of these conditions: asthma or other lung problems; diabetes; weakened immune system; kidney disease; heart disease; liver disorder; neurological or neuromuscular disorders; pregnancy.
Questions? Call our 24-hour Nurse Advice Line at 1-800-434-2347.
How Can I Protect Myself Against The Flu?
Flu is spread through droplets in the air (a sneeze or cough) or by touching a surface with the virus on it and then transferring it to your face.
Wash your hands, avoid touching your face, mouth, or eyes, and stay home if you’re feeling sick. And get your flu shot today!
Can I get the flu shot & COVID-19 vaccine at the same time?
Yes. Flu vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines can be given at the same time.
The flu shot is more important than ever this year due to the COVID-19 Surge.
The flu and COVID-19 share many of the same symptoms and are spread in similar ways. The flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine are both proven and effective ways to help PREVENT these potentially deadly viruses.
Health care workers are working around the clock to care for COVID-19 patients. By choosing to get a flu vaccine, you:
- Reduce your chance of catching the flu.
- Reduce your need to visit an urgent care clinic or hospitals where your chances of being around someone with COVID-19 are much higher.
- Allow health care workers to focus their time, attention, and resources on those infected with COVID-19.
Trusted Flu Vaccine Resources
Do you have questions about the flu vaccine? Check out these trusted resources for reliable, up-to-date information.