Flu Shots

Protect yourself and the people around you, and help reduce the strain on your community’s healthcare systems by getting your flu shot.

Getting a flu vaccine is an essential part of protecting your health and your family’s health.

Flu shots may be even more important this year, since many communities are still experiencing community spread of COVID-19.

The symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, and clinics may experience higher demand for flu symptom evaluation if we have a bad flu season during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Flu shots not only prevent many cases of influenza, but also decrease the severity of illness for someone who is vaccinated but still develops the flu. 

Learn about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment for the flu.

Who should get a flu shot?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months and older. Flu vaccination is especially important for adults 65 years and older, who account for most hospitalizations and deaths from flu. High dose flu shots are recommended for adults age 65 and over.

Where can I get a flu shot?

  • Visit your health department or a retail pharmacy in your community.
    Use VaccineFinder.org to find flu vaccine locations near you.
  • Look for a community flu shot clinic.
    Community-based flu clinics, including several offered by Michigan Medicine Visiting Nurses (for ages 9 and up) and Michigan Medicine Community Health Services (drive-up and walk-up clinics for ages 19 and up), are available in many communities.
  • Make an appointment at one of our health center flu shot clinics.
    Flu shot clinics for established Michigan Medicine patients are available by appointment only on select days at Dominos Farms, Northville Health Center, West Ann Arbor Health Center – Parkland Plaza and Ypsilanti Health Center. Any Michigan Medicine patient 6 months of age or older can be scheduled for an appointment at these clinics. Make an appointment through the MyUofMhealth patient portal or call your provider to schedule an appointment at any of these locations.
  • Make an appointment for one of our drive-up flu shot clinics.
    Drive-up flu shot clinics for established Michigan Medicine patients are available on select days at 2705 S. Industrial Highway in Ann Arbor, Briarwood Family Medicine and Canton Health Center. Drive-up clinic appointments are available by appointment only. Make an appointment through the MyUofMhealth patient portal or call your provider to schedule an appointment at any of these locations.
  • Get a flu shot at your next scheduled appointment.
    If you already have an appointment at a Michigan Medicine primary care clinic, ask to receive a flu shot while you’re there. Many specialists also offer flu shots through their clinics. Contact your specialty clinic about whether you can get your flu vaccine at your next scheduled appointment.

When should I get a flu shot?

It is best to get a flu vaccine before flu viruses begin spreading in your community, so you have begun developing influenza antibodies to protect you against contracting the flu.

The CDC recommends that you get a flu shot by the end of October, but it’s not too late to benefit from some level of protection even as late as January.

Keeping our Patients Safe from the Flu

Michigan Medicine has joined dozens of health care institutions throughout the country in requiring staff to be vaccinated against flu or to wear a protective mask during any patient interaction during flu season. The requirement is designed to help protect the health of our patients and their families and will especially protect the many people we care for who have serious medical conditions and weakened immune systems.

FOR EMPLOYEES: Please visit our employee flu prevention site for more details for more information about our employee flu shot policy and upcoming employee flu shot clinics.

MORE INFORMATION: Learn more about flu symptoms and treatment.