COVID-19 and the flu both cause respiratory illness, and both can make you very sick or cause death. There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19, but there is one for the flu. It is very important to get your flu shot to help protect yourself and your family.
Get a flu shot.
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu shot every year. There are several places where you can get a flu shot.
- Your Primary Care Physician
- Urgent care centers: Use the Community Health Choice Provider Directory to find one near you.
- Public health clinics like Legacy, Access Health, and Avenue 360: Call before you go to see if they take appointments and how much it would be with or without insurance.
- Pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS, and stores with pharmacies like Target, Kroger and Walmart: Call the pharmacy before you go to see if appointments are needed and how much it would be with or without insurance.
- Harris County Public Health: Free flu shots may be available. Click here to see locations and appointment requirements.
Stop the spread of germs.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and wash your hands often with soap and water.
If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer. Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
If you get sick, limit your contact with others. When possible, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.
If you get the flu, antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. Antiviral drugs work best when started within two days of getting sick, so get health care as soon as possible.