This Year You Call the Shots
Walk-in flu shots are offered at most Henry Ford locations without an appointment. Flu vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from infection and is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months. It takes up to two weeks for protection to develop after the shot, and protection lasts about one year. Flu vaccination is covered by most insurance plans without a copay.
Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk of severe flu and their close contacts. It is also important for health care workers and close contacts of children younger than 6 months to get a flu shot. Adults and older children need one dose of flu vaccine each year. However, some children younger than 9 years of age need two doses to be protected. Ask your doctor what type of flu vaccine is best for you based on your age and health status.
Nasal spray vaccine not available
Nasal spray flu vaccine is not available this flu season. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that the nasal spray vaccine has not adequately protected people from the flu virus for several years. Therefore, all persons age 6 months and older should get the flu vaccine injection for the best protection.
Both adults and children can walk in without an appointment and receive a flu shot at the Henry Ford locations listed in the link above during regular clinic hours. Several locations can give flu shots only to persons ages 9 and older and are indicated in the list. All locations offer both adult and pediatric flu shots. However, you may need to go to different departments at a site if you are seeking both adult and pediatric flu shots.