With the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever to get your flu shot to reduce your risk of getting and spreading the flu.
When it comes to the flu, your best defense is to get vaccinated as soon as possible. If you receive an influenza (flu) vaccine, you’ll likely be protected from the flu for a full season.
Even if the shot doesn’t prevent you from getting the flu, it will make its symptoms less severe. Studies show that people who are vaccinated and get sick have less severe symptoms and a shorter length of the illness—sometimes as little as three to four days, compared to one to two weeks.
How to Get a Flu Shot at Penn Medicine
Penn Medicine offers flu shots to all of our patients. There are several options available for you to get your flu shot.
Schedule a flu shot on myPennMedicine
To make getting a flu shot as easy as possible, we have online scheduling available through our online portal myPennMedicine.
To schedule your appointment, go to myPennMedicine and:
- Click on “Schedule an appointment or lab test” under the “Visits” tab.
- Choose “Flu shot - returning patients of primary care only.”
- Pick your primary care practice and follow the prompts. (Note: The practices are sorted alphabetically by the name of the city where the office is located.)
If you don’t have a myPennMedicine account, sign up today.
Go to the walk-in flu shot clinic at the Penn Medicine University City Pharmacy
We’re offering flu shots to patients of Penn Medicine University City every Tuesday and Wednesday in October from 9am to 4pm.
No appointments are necessary. Simply walk in to the onsite pharmacy on the first floor.
We accept Medicare B and Medicaid. Based on the type of vaccine and your insurance coverage, the price may vary from $25 to $50 per shot.
Request a primary care appointment
Schedule your annual check-up and get your flu shot while you’re there.
To request an appointment, you can fill out our online form and a representative will call you back, or you can call us directly at 800-789-7366.
The Flu and COVID-19
This year, due to the coronavirus, it is essential to get your flu shot.
As the seasonal flu overlaps with coronavirus cases, there may be a surge of sick patients across the country that crowd and put more pressure on doctors and hospitals. The potential for a "twindemic" of COVID-19 and influenza is especially concerning.
By getting a flu shot, you’re helping to prevent a twindemic and protecting yourself and others around you.
Risks to Flu Complications
Although everyone should get a flu shot, they are even more important for people who are more vulnerable to the flu:
- Adults age 65 and older
- Those with medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, chronic lung disease and cancer
- Pregnant women
If you live with or provide care to someone who is more susceptible to the flu, it is also vital for you to get a flu shot to help protect them.