Be a Flu Fighter | NYC Health + Hospitals

Be a Flu Fighter

NYC Health + Hospitals strongly urges all New Yorkers to get the safe, effective and affordable flu shot (vaccination) each year. When you do, you protect yourself, your family and everyone around you. You can’t get the flu from flu shots, but you can get very sick without a flu shot. Most people have no reaction to the flu shot.

The Flu

Flu is a very dangerous lung illness that spreads easily. It’s estimated that every year up to 20% of people in the United States get flu. More than 2,000 New Yorkers die from flu each year.

Flu is contagious, caused by viruses that infect your nose, throat, and lungs. Flu can cause severe illness and death. Fever, chills, fatigue, body aches, sore throat, and headache are common symptoms of flu.

Those at high risk for getting very sick from flu include, but are not limited to:

  • Pregnant women
  • Children under five years
  • Adults over 65
  • Nursing home residents
  • Adults and children with chronic health conditions

To protect yourself against the flu, get the flu shot as early as October. Also, make sure to wash or disinfect your hands completely before eating, when you arrive at work or at home, or whenever your hands are dirty.

How We Care For You

NYC Health + Hospitals offers flu shots for everyone. They’re also offered by MD offices, clinics, pharmacies, college health centers, and many employers.

Speak to your health care provider before receiving a flu shot if you:

  • Had a major previous reaction either to flu vaccine or to eggs and you needed medical care.
  • Had Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

NYC Health + Hospitals provides high quality health care to all New Yorkers, regardless of their ability to pay. But we’ll also help you find health insurance if you need it. Click here to learn more about MetroPlus, our affordable and comprehensive health insurance plan.

Contact Us

NYC Health + Hospitals provides flu shots at our hospitals and neighborhood health centers. We have full wellness teams in every borough with extended hours that fit your busy schedule, dedicated to serving you and your family from the very first visit. Learn more about our extended hours.

Find a hospital or a neighborhood health center near you.