Flu shots are covered by most insurance plans, and you likely won’t have any out-of-pocket cost to protect yourself and those around you this season.
For most, seasonal influenza is a nuisance of mild symptoms that keep you in bed for a few days. But the flu also kills tens of thousands of Americans each season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Those most at risk of developing a serious case of the flu are individuals 65 or older and anyone with asthma; a history of heart disease and stroke; diabetes; or chronic kidney disease. Children under age 2 are also at risk of getting severely ill.
Getting your flu shot is the best protection available.
Drive-thru vaccinations for adults and children are available by appointment.
New or existing patients can schedule flu shots at any of 10 locations in the Louisville area, including many inside Walgreens stores.
Existing patients can get a flu shot at your primary care provider’s office. Call your location directly to schedule, or ask for a flu shot at your appointment.
Existing patients may schedule a flu vaccine with their pediatrician’s office. Appointments can be scheduled online, via Norton MyChart or by calling (502) 629-KIDS.
The flu shot isn’t 100% effective, but it’s the best prevention available.
Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits, including reducing the risk of flu illnesses and hospitalizations, and even the risk of flu-related death in children. While some people who get a flu vaccine still may get sick, flu vaccination has been shown in several studies to reduce severity of illness.
It takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to build up the antibodies it will use to fight an infection. The sooner in the season you get the flu shot, the better, but it still could help if you get vaccinated later in the season.
Other steps to take include staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and frequent hand-washing.
The flu viruses circulate year-round, but typically start making people sick in the United States in October, peaking from December to February.
Select an appointment date and time from available spots listed below.