Flu Vaccination

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The CDC recommends that everyone six months of age and older get the flu vaccine every season. In addition to the flu vaccine for adults, teens, and children, there are flu vaccines approved for different groups:

  • Pregnant women
  • Small children
  • Older adults (65 years and older)

The flu vaccine is especially important for people with chronic health conditions and those who have a high risk of developing complications from the flu. If you have questions about which vaccine is best for you, talk to your doctor or other healthcare professional.

Since infants younger than six months cannot be vaccinated against the flu, it’s crucial that the people around them get the flu shot for the baby’s health.

It cannot be said often enough—the flu shot does not cause flu illness.


Flu Vaccine Finder

  • How to Use. Select the type of flu vaccine you are looking for and enter your location.
  • Results. The locator finds providers that are offering—or are planning to offer—flu vaccine to the public in the area entered.
  • Check First. Individuals should first check with their usual healthcare providers about vaccine availability.
  • Check Direct. DSHS urges the public to check with a listed provider to confirm that information presented in the locator about hours, dates, locations, eligibility, and vaccine availability is accurate and current.
  • Local Notices. DSHS encourages the public to also watch for local announcements of flu vaccine availability.
  • Dial 2-1-1.Alternatively, Texans can call 2-1-1 or visit  211Texas.org to find information on vaccine availability from local public health departments and other nearby non-profit organizations.

Who Should Get the Flu Shot?

  • Icon of pregnant woman
    Pregnant women
  • Icon of elderly person
    Older adults (65 years and older)
  • Icon of baby
    Small children (6 months to 5 years)
  • Icon of person in wheelchair
    People with chronic health conditions
  • This season’s flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age or older.
  • The vaccine is available in shot form for everyone (including babies as young as 6 months) with rare exceptions. 
  • The live attenuated influenza vaccine, commonly called the “nasal spray” vaccine and sold under the trade name FluMist, is once again on the list of recommended flu vaccines for the 2019-2020 U.S. influenza season.
  • If you have questions about which vaccine is best for you, talk to your doctor or other healthcare professional.
  • People with certain conditions—or who live with people with certain conditions—that put them at high risk of developing serious complications should they get the flu, are especially encouraged to get vaccinated, as are pregnant women.
  • Because babies under 6 months of age cannot receive the vaccine, it is important that family members and others around the babies get vaccinated to protect the babies and themselves.
  • There is no priority-group order for receiving the vaccine.

Why the Shot Is Important

The flu vaccine offers a range of important benefits including:

  • Reducing the number of flu cases
  • Reducing the amount of time missed at work and school
  • Preventing flu-related hospitalizations and deaths
  • Minimizing the effects of flu if contracted

Of course, the primary benefit of the seasonal flu shot is to help maintain your and your loved ones’ well-being. If you have questions about which vaccine is best for you, talk to your doctor or other healthcare professional.


Vaccine Resources

*CDC.gov

Last updated October 22, 2020