Flu Vaccine FAQs

Why are flu shots given?

The influenza vaccine is a yearly vaccine that helps protect you from getting the flu, a viral respiratory illness that spreads very easily. The flu can lead to lengthy work absences, serious health complications, and possibly death. The best way to prevent the flu is to be vaccinated.

When should I be vaccinated?

The flu season may vary from year to year and from one region of the country to another. In our region, flu season generally runs from October to May.  Because it takes about two weeks for the flu vaccine to start working, it is recommended that you be vaccinated in early October for maximum protection.sick-flu-bc9098-002

Who should be vaccinated?

The flu shot is typically given to people six months and older. The CDC recommends that adults receive a flu vaccine every year, especially those who are at high risk for developing flu-related complications and those who care for or live with such people. In other words, vaccination not only helps protect you from the flu, but also helps minimize the risk that you will spread it to others.

Pediatric flu vaccinations may be administered in multiple doses. See your Pediatrician for more information.

Can the flu vaccine cause me to get the flu?

Flu vaccines CANNOT cause the flu, and serious problems from the flu vaccine are very rare. It is an inactive vaccine, which means it is made using a dead form of the viruses the shot protects against. The dead germs cannot make you sick.

Can I still get the flu if I am vaccinated?

Although it is possible that some persons may contract the flu even if they are vaccinated, studies show that they would experience a milder case of the disease than they would have likely suffered had they not been given the vaccine.

What type of flu vaccine is given at Cooper Clinic?

The three or four flu strains covered by the flu vaccine differ from year to year because the flu viruses are constantly changing. Scientists develop a new flu vaccine each season based on research that predicts which strains are likely to be prevalent. This year, the quadrivalent flu vaccine has been developed to protect against four viruses: two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. This is the vaccine being given at Cooper Clinic. Please note that the quadrivalent flu vaccine may not be the type of flu vaccine administered by non-Cooper Clinic providers.

Where can I get a flu shot?

Flu shots are being administered at the following Cooper Clinic locations: Internal Medicine Department, Fianna Hills Family Practice, Greenwood Bailey Clinic, Paris Family Clinic, and all 3 ProMed Urgent Care Clinics.

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Will insurance cover the cost of my flu shot?

Most insurers provide coverage for an annual flu shot. However, for those without insurance, Cooper Clinic will be providing flu shots for a fee of $40. Keep in mind that the type of vaccination Cooper Clinic provides is the quadrivalent flu vaccine which is made to protect against four viruses: two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. Please note that the quadrivalent flu vaccine may not be the type administered by non-Cooper Clinic providers.

Are precautions required for those with egg allergies?

The flu vaccine is generally safe for those with egg allergies. Those with severe egg allergies should get their flu shot in a medical setting by a health care provider who can recognize and treat a severe allergic reaction should it occur.