Flu (influenza) is a seasonal upper airway and lung infection that causes fever and a cough or sore throat. It is most common during the fall and winter months. Every year, about 2,000 New Yorkers die of seasonal flu and pneumonia, which can develop as a complication of the flu.
Vaccination is the best way to protect against the flu.
As the flu and COVID-19 will likely circulate at the same time this season, getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever. Although the flu vaccine will not prevent COVID-19, it will help decrease the risk of you and your family getting sick and needing flu-related medical care.
Be sure to call ahead to check for vaccine availability.
There will be flu vaccination pop-up events throughout the city this season.
Vaccines at these sites are available to all New Yorkers, regardless of your immigration status or whether you have insurance. People who have insurance should bring their insurance cards. Some events will also offer COVID-19 testing, as noted below. No registration or appointments are necessary unless otherwise noted. See list of events below for more information.
More events will be scheduled throughout this flu season, so check back here to find one near you.
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If you are a health care provider, check out Health Department resources and information about how providers can best treat, report and vaccinate against the flu.