Flu Shots

Flu Shots

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. It can infect the nose, throat, and the lungs and sometimes can lead to serious complications, hospitalizations, and death. “Flu season,” which is when outbreaks of the flu are common, typically runs from October to May, usually peaking between December and February. It’s never too late to get your flu shot - schedule yours at St. Joseph's Health today.

Here are some ways to help you stay safe and prevent the spread of the flu.


Get your flu shot. The CDC cites the yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. It is especially important to get the flu shot this year.

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It’s never too late to get your flu shot – schedule yours at St. Joseph's Health today to increase the effectiveness of the shot during peak flu season.



Stop the spread of germs – wash your hands, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.



Wear your mask. Make sure you follow proper masking guidelines.




Stay home if you feel sick or have any flu symptoms. Call your doctor if you have flu-like symptoms for evaluation and treatment options. Virtual visits are also available.



Reduce your risk of developing illness by caring for yourself in mind, body and spirit. Get plenty of rest, eat a healthy diet and exercise.


Seek medical advice if you develop flu symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have the flu or COVID-19. If you’re experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1.


The flu shot is available at St. Joseph's Health primary care practices.

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No. Flu shots are made with either inactivated viruses or with a single flu virus protein. The nasal flu vaccine contains live viruses that are weakened and also do not cause illness. However, you may experience some minor side effects like soreness, redness, or swelling at the shot site; a low-grade fever; and some aches.

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Everyone six months of age and older who does not suffer from a life-threatening allergy to the flu vaccine or any ingredient in it should receive a flu vaccine every fall. Talk with your doctor to ensure you or your children receive the flu vaccine.

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Flu vaccines last about six months, so it is best to get your flu vaccine now. Getting the vaccine in the summer months may result is reduced protection later in the flu season, especially for high risk patients. There are benefits to receiving the flu vaccine later in the season, so it’s never too late to get your flu shot!