If you receive an influenza vaccination, you are likely to be protected from influenza for a year. Even if the vaccine fails to prevent you from getting the flu, it will make its symptoms less severe.
- Why getting the flu shot is more important than ever this year
- Learn more about symptoms, prevention and how to tell the difference between the flu and the common cold in our Health Library
How to Get Your Flu Vaccination in 2020
Due to COVID-19 and the pandemic situation, all flu clinics will be by appointment only. You will need to schedule an appointment for your flu vaccination this year. There will not be walk-in flu vaccination services this year. Beginning September 1, you may schedule your flu vaccination appointment in the following ways:
- Get your flu vaccination at most scheduled in person office visits with a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant.
- Current patients: Schedule a flu vaccination appointment through your MyChart account. Specific appointment times will be available for patients aged 65 and older through MyChart flu vaccination scheduling. To enroll in MyChart, you can sign up here.
- Call your primary care physician’s office to schedule a flu vaccination appointment. Only children 6 months and older can receive the flu vaccination.
Per new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), routine vaccination should be deferred for patients who are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, regardless of symptoms, until criteria have been met to discontinue isolation. These criteria include 10 days since symptom onset and 24 hours since fever resolution and other symptoms have improved.
We are taking extra precautions this flu season to ensure the safety of our patients and caregivers as we provide flu vaccinations to our patients.
- Learn more about receiving services at Cleveland Clinic during COVID-19: Our commitment to safe care
Other Helpful Information
Appointments: If you have an upcoming regularly scheduled appointment with your primary care physician, you may obtain your flu vaccination at that appointment. Many of our specialty office visits may also offer flu vaccinations during your scheduled appointment.
Insurance: Please bring your insurance information and co-pay (if applicable) with you. Insurance information (or payment if you do not have insurance) will be collected at the time of service.
Vaccines for Children Program: If a patient is in need of the Vaccine for Children Program, they should contact their primary care physician’s office to schedule an appointment with a nurse.
Express Care Online: Feeling like you or your child might have the flu? Speak with a healthcare provider from your mobile device or computer. It’s never been easier for you and your family to instantly access world class care at home or work with Express Care Online.