What You Should Know for the 2019 – 2020 Flu Season

Getting a flu vaccine every year is the

  • Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating flu viruses
  • Any licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccines are recommended
  • The nasal spray flu vaccine (LAIV) is again a vaccine option. Ask your health care provider about what vaccine is right for you

Fight flu this season by getting your flu vaccine and encouraging others to protect themselves and their loved ones by doing the same. Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #FightFlu.

2018-2019 was a moderate severity flu season that lasted a record-breaking 21 weeks. The best protection against flu is getting a flu vaccine.

While the timing of flu season is unpredictable, seasonal flu activity often begins to increase in October, most commonly peaks between December and February, but can last as late as May. CDC recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older get a flu vaccine by the end of October. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body to protect against flu virus infection.

You have the power to fight flu. Get yourself and your loved ones a flu vaccine today.

Where can I get a flu shot?

Flu shots are available at FHC-Portland and FHC-East Broadway, Monday – Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm, no appointment needed (must be at least 9 years old).  Most insurances cover the flu shot at no-cost, and if you are uninsured or not covered, shots are only $25 at time of visit.

All other Family Health Center location can provide a flu shot during a scheduled appointment.  Call 774-8631 or your regular Family Health Centers location for details.