Fight The Flu: Where To Get Your No-Cost Flu Shot
The flu Shot is provided at no cost for Community First Members!
The best way to protect yourself from the flu is to get your flu shot every year. Use this page to learn more about this year’s flu shot, find out where to get yours, and get answers to common questions about the vaccine.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS!
Children 6 months through 8 years old should have two doses of the flu vaccine if they are getting vaccinated for the first time or have previously gotten only one. If your child previously got two doses of flu vaccine, they only need one dose this season.
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 PCP.
Community First Network Pharmacies
The flu vaccine is free at any Metro Health Pop-up Clinic for anyone six months and older. You can find a list of pop-up clinics at https://covid19.sanantonio.gov/What-YOU-Can-Do/Vaccination or call 3-1-1 and select option 8.
When Should I Get My Flu Shot?
Ideally, you should get your flu shot in September or October. However, even if you are not able to get vaccinated until November or later, vaccination is still recommended because flu most commonly peaks in February and significant activity can continue into May.
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.
Do I Need To Get The Flu Shot Every Year?
Yes. Because flu viruses are constantly changing and mutating into different forms, AND because the vaccine’s protection declines over time, the best way to stay healthy is to receive a flu shot every year.
What's New With The Flu Shot for 2022-2023?
There are many different flu viruses, and they are constantly changing. The composition of U.S. flu vaccines is reviewed every year and updated as needed to match circulating flu viruses.
For the 2022-2023 flu season, there are three flu vaccines that are preferentially recommended for people 65 years and older. You can read more from Centers of Disease Control and Prevention at Seasonal Flu Vaccine.
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.
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!
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.
Can I Get The Flu Shot & COVID-19 Vaccine Together?
Yes. Flu vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines can be given at the same time.
The flu shot is more important than ever due to the ongoing pandemic.
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.
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.
Frequently Asked Flu Questions: 2022-2023 Season
Flu Shots for Children
Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine
Different Types of Flu Vaccines
How Flu Vaccines Are Made
Flu Vaccine Safety
People at Higher Risk of Flu Complications