Protect Your Health

Get Your Yearly Flu Shot

November 09, 2021  

Last year, when social distancing, masks and other safety measure were in place, flu cases dropped dramatically. Whether we’ll have another mild season or have an even worse than normal season is unclear.

Health experts agree that everyone six months of age and older should get the flu shot for the 2021-2022 flu season. It’s one way people can help keep themselves, their family members and their community healthy.

The Flu Shot

The yearly flu vaccine will not lower your risk of getting COVID-19 (coronavirus). But it can reduce your risk of becoming infected with the seasonal flu or infecting your loved ones. It may also make it easier for health care workers to care for COVID-19 patients.

About the flu

The flu is a contagious illness. Health experts say it usually spreads when people with the flu talk, cough or sneeze. The flu can cause mild to severe symptoms, including:

  • Fever
  • A cough
  • A sore throat
  • A stuffy or runny nose
  • Fatigue

Most people recover from the flu on their own. But it can be serious and lead to hospitalization and even death.

Preventing the Flu

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says getting a yearly flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu. It recommends that people six months of age and older get a flu shot by the end of October. But the CDC says even getting the flu shot later can help.

Getting the Flu and the COVID-19 Shots

The CDC also says it’s safe to get the flu shot and the COVID-19 shot and/or other vaccines at the same visit. The CDC recommended getting them at different visits last year. But science shows getting them at the same time is safe. The immune response and side effects are the same whether you get them alone or together.

We’ve Got You Covered

Tufts Health Plan members can get a flu shot. It’s a covered benefit as a part of your plan. There’s no cost to you when you get your flu shot through an in-network provider or pharmacy.

You can call your provider’s office and ask how to get a flu shot there. Or you can use our search tool to find an in-network pharmacy near you.