Many doctors say that having the flu and COVID-19 (coronavirus) at the same time could be very dangerous, even for healthy adults. That’s why this flu season, the best ways to stay healthy are to wear a mask, practice social distancing, and get a flu shot.

Getting a flu shot reduces your risk of flu, hospitalizations, and even death. The flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19. However, it will protect you (and your loved ones) from the many serious complications the flu can cause.

The good news is that flu shots are free for most MVP members*, no matter where you get one. And, if you get a flu shot at one of MVP’s flu shot clinics (below), it’s free for everyone. That means MVP members, members of other insurance companies, and even those with no insurance at all.

Get your flu shot, no appointment required

Getting a flu shot is easy at an MVP flu shot clinic, and only takes a few minutes.  Offered across New York and Vermont, clinics are free to both MVP members and non-members.

To get a flu shot at an MVP clinic, please come with your health insurance member ID card. If you do not have one, you can still get a free flu shot. Please wear a face mask and follow social distancing guidelines to keep other attendees safe and healthy.

Note: MVP Health Care® does not administer flu vaccines. Flu vaccines are administered by immunization‐trained nurses and pharmacists.

Upcoming MVP Flu Shot Clinics

Who should get a flu shot?

Flu shots are recommended for everyone six months of age and older. Flu shots are especially important for those at a higher risk, including pregnant women, those with chronic health conditions (like asthma, diabetes, heart, or lung disease), and people age 65 and older. Visit the CDC’s website for more information about flu shots for specific high-risk groups.

Young children (age five and under) are also considered higher risk. Learn more about the importance of a flu shot for young children from the CDC.

Debunking Flu Shot myths

Despite the known benefits of flu shots, misconceptions about them scare some people away from getting one. Read the facts on common flu myths and feel confident getting your flu shot.

*A copay may apply if the shot is given during a doctor’s office visit.

**Check your plan materials for coverage details. Coverage may be subject to the plan deductible.