Now more than ever in the time of COVID-19, the health of every family member is crucial. That’s why it’s important for everyone to get a flu shot.
Be a Flu Fighter!
Stay informed and get your flu shot
The flu vaccine is a vital way to keep your family healthy each flu season. Clinicians at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) support the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations that all people age 6 months or older should receive the flu vaccine every year, with rare exemptions.
The flu season typically begins in October and peaks between December and February. It can take up to two weeks after the shot to develop immunity, so the sooner you and your child are vaccinated, the better! Be a flu fighter, and get your child vaccinated today!
Learn about symptoms of flu (and how they compare to a common cold), transmission, treatment and testing:
Influenza in Children >
Common myths and misconceptions about the flu:
What You Should Know About the Flu >
CHOP Primary Care patients can schedule a flu shot with their Primary Care practice. We accept all types of insurance for flu shot appointments. You can schedule an appointment just for a flu shot, or you can request one during your next well or sick visit. Visit your Primary Care practice website for ways to schedule >
Please note that appointments are required for flu shots; we do not accept walk-ins.
What if my child is not a CHOP Primary Care patient?
If your child is NOT regularly followed by a CHOP Primary Care provider, we encourage you to talk to your child’s pediatrician about your options for getting the flu vaccine. Many commercial pharmacies also offer easy, convenient flu shot appointments, as do local departments of health (for example, the City of Philadelphia offers walk-in flu shots at many health centers, and a flu clinic finder).
If your child sees a CHOP specialist, they may be able to get their flu shot at an upcoming appointment if supply is available. Ask at your appointment about getting a flu shot and we will do our best to accommodate you as supply allows.
How you can prevent getting the flu
What to do if your child starts having flu symptoms?
If your child is experiencing symptoms that could indicate the flu, call your Primary Care practice. In most cases, you'll be able to treat their symptoms at home. Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If it is after office hours, you have the option of taking your child to urgent care or an emergency room if you're worried their symptoms require immediate attention.
When to Go Where: Emergency Department (ER) vs. Pediatric Urgent Care >