Flu Care in San Diego
Learn how to get a flu vaccine, view frequently asked questions and more.
It's more important than ever for you and your loved ones to get a flu vaccine. We'll help you navigate this year's flu season, unlike any before with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. From where to get a flu shot, to finding a doctor to helping you stay healthy, we'll keep you updated on the latest recommendations and guidelines.
We'll be adding more information and resources throughout the flu season.
Where can I get a flu vaccine?
Getting your flu vaccine is more important than ever. Learn how you can get vaccinated:
- Flu vaccines for Sharp Rees-Stealy patients
- Flu vaccines for Sharp Community Medical Group patients
- Sharp Coronado Hospital — The hospital will offer free flu shots outside the Sandermann Auditorium entrance on Soledad Place on Oct. 5 and Oct. 9, 11 am to 4 pm. High-dose flu vaccines will not be available.
- MinuteClinics located in CVS stores
- Call 211 or visit the San Diego Immunization Branch website
How can I learn more about the flu?
Check out our resources to learn more:
And read these resources from other organizations:
Will having the flu make me more susceptible to COVID-19?
While there is no clinical evidence so far to suggest that having the flu increases your susceptibility of getting COVID-19, it's possible to have both at the same time. The risk of having more severe symptoms and complications would then be higher or last for longer.
What are some symptoms of the flu?
Flu symptoms include:
- Muscle aches
- Sore throat
Who should get the flu vaccine?
People ages 6 months and older should get the flu vaccine as directed by their health care providers. Talk with your doctor if you have any concerns about the vaccine.
How does the flu vaccine work?
The flu vaccine causes antibodies to develop in the body. These antibodies provide protection against the influenza virus infection.
It generally takes two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in your body. In the meantime, you are still at risk for getting the flu, which is why we recommend vaccination as early as possible.
Why do I need to get vaccinated every year?
Flu viruses change from year to year, which means you can get the flu more than once in your lifetime. A vaccine that provides protection from one strain of the virus may not protect you against a new strain of the virus the following year.
Are there alternatives to the flu shot?
The nasal spray vaccine may be an option for healthy, non-pregnant, non-immunocompromised patients between ages 2 and 49.
Can I get the flu vaccine when I'm sick?
You should not get the flu vaccine if you are experiencing a moderate to severe illness with a fever. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions.
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