Flu Vaccine Shot or Spray

Beginning December 31, 2014, all children under the age of 5 years (ages 6-59 months) will be required to receive flu shots if they are attending a City-regulated preschool or child care center.

The Health Department also recommends that every New Yorker 6 months and older gets vaccinated this season, either with a shot or with a nasal spray.

Young children 6 months to 5 years old are considered to be at high risk for the flu and should get vaccinated as soon as possible. Health care providers can tell you which vaccine is right for you or your child.

Others who are at high risk for flu complications include:

  • People 65 years and older
  • Pregnant women
  • People with underlying medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease

Flu vaccine is widely available throughout the city. Visit your health care provider or check with nearby pharmacies to see if they have flu vaccine. Pharmacies only vaccinate adults 18 years and older.

The Health and Hospitals Corporation's (HHC) public health clinics and the Health Department's immunization clinic are also offering the vaccine and serve both adults and children.

Text FLU to 877877 to find a vaccination location near you. Standard texting rates apply.