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Flu and COVID-19 shots

Learn why it's so important to get your flu and COVID-19 shots.


I hate shots. And I heard that the flu and COVID-19 shots won’t always protect me from getting sick. Why should I still get both shots?


Flu activity has been pretty mild over the last few years. This was partly because of COVID-19. At the peak of COVID-19, we wore masks, washed our hands more often and stayed apart from others. But relaxed COVID-19 rules may cause higher flu and COVID-19 rates.

These shots are not 100% effective at preventing these illnesses because viruses are always changing. But they do help prevent thousands of hospitalizations and deaths every year.

Even if you get infected, you will have a milder illness because your immune system has learned how to recognize and fight the viruses.

The CDC recommends getting flu  and COVID-19 shots before these viruses start spreading in your community this fall.

Plan ahead, because it takes about two weeks after getting the shots for antibodies to grow in your body. The antibodies help fight against these viruses.

Except in a few cases, everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu shot every year.

To learn how to get your flu and COVID-19 shots, call your doctor’s office today to schedule an appointment. You can also visit the CDC to find a location near you to get your shots.

Schedule your flu and COVID-19 shots today. Don’t wait.

Get your flu shot at an Optum location near you.

The information provided is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for professional health care. You should consult an appropriate health care professional for your specific needs.