A flu shot is the best and easiest way to lower your risk of getting the flu and its potentially serious complications, like hospitalizations, and even death. It also may help protect the people around you, including those who are at high risk to serious flu illness.

The good news is that flu shots are free for most MVP members*, no matter where you get one.

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.

Need a COVID-19 vaccine? Get both vaccines at once.

You can get a COVID-19 vaccine and a flu vaccine at the same time. Both vaccines are strongly encouraged because the flu vaccine will not protect you from COVID-19.

Even though both vaccines can be given at the same visit, please follow the recommended schedule for either vaccine: If you haven’t gotten your currently recommended doses of COVID-19 vaccine, get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can, and ideally get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Talk to your doctor if you have questions or concerns about getting both vaccines at the same time.

Practice Healthy Habits

On top of an annual flu shot, be sure to practice healthy habits to stop or slow the spread of germs:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick or not feeling well
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • Keep your hands clean by frequent washing or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when you cannot wash
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes
  • Keep frequently used surfaces clean
  • Get enough sleep, drink plenty of water, and eat well-balanced meals

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.