Flu vaccine is your best protection against the flu.
Everyone 6 months and older needs a flu vaccine each year. Flu vaccine is especially important during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Widespread flu vaccination will reduce the spread of flu and prevent serious illness as much as possible.
Some people can develop serious and potentially life threatening complications from the flu. It's very important that people who are more likely to experience serious complications from the flu get their vaccine, including:
- People with chronic health problems
- Pregnant people
- Young children
Protect yourself and your community by making a plan to get your flu vaccine today! If you have insurance, flu vaccine is available for no-cost at many pharmacies and health care providers. If you don't have insurance, see below for different no-cost options.
How to get your flu vaccine
- Use the flu vaccine locator and select "Washtenaw County" to see local flu vaccine providers. You can also search for flu vaccines on vaccines.gov.
- Ask your health care provider or pharmacy.
- Go to a community flu vaccine event. Community Health Services at Michigan Medicine has a series of community flu events.
- Contact the Health Department. People who schedule a COVID-19 vaccine at the Health Department at 555 Towner in Ypsilanti can ask to get a flu vaccine at the same time. Some of our pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics may also offer flu vaccine - click "pop-up clinics" on this page to check. If you only need a flu vaccine and would like to schedule an appointment with the Health Department, please call 734-544-6700.
- Children under 19 years old who are Medicaid-eligible, uninsured, underinsured, American Indian, or Alaska Native, may be eligible for the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. An interactive map displaying VFC provider information is available here.
Flu vaccine FAQ's
- Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as my flu vaccine? Yes! Flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be given at the same time.
- When is the best time to get a flu vaccine? As soon as possible! Ideally, everyone would have their flu shot by the end of 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. Remember, after you are vaccinated your body takes about two weeks to develop antibodies that protect against flu.
Is Flu Circulating in Washtenaw County Now?
- CDC: Similarities and Differences between Flu and COVID-19
- CDC: Frequently Asked Flu Questions 2021-2022 Season
Getting a flu shot is quick and safe! Check out our Health Officer, Jimena Loveluck, getting her flu shot:.