Because COVID-19 continues to spread in the community, reducing your risk for catching the flu is more important than ever — and, thankfully, the same measures that protect you from COVID-19 work for the flu as well.
Christelle Ilboudo, MD, pediatric infectious disease expert and MU Health Care’s medical director of infection control and prevention, said the best way to protect yourself from the flu is to get vaccinated. And MU Health Care is offering several safe, convenient opportunities to get your 2021 flu vaccine (see below for options).
Ilboudo recommends that everyone age 6 months and older get a flu vaccination in September or October, but if you miss that window, you can be vaccinated anytime during flu season, even in January or later.
You can get a flu shot at the same time as a COVID-19 vaccination. There is no need to space the two vaccinations. And if you need a COVID-19 vaccination, you can add on a flu shot at the Keene Street vaccination site. Learn how to schedule an appointment.
In addition to getting the flu shot, you should also continue masking, physical distancing and good handwashing hygiene. “The public health measures that we’re using to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19 are also successful in reducing the spread of influenza,” Ilboudo said.
2021 Flu Shot Options
- Anyone age 6 months or older can receive a flu shot at an existing appointment at many of our MU Health Care clinics. If you need to establish care, please contact a primary care clinic.
- Many clinics also offer COVID-19 vaccines. Ask your doctor for more information.
- Anyone age 2 or older can get a flu shot at one of our Mizzou Quick Care clinics.
- Patients of our pediatrics clinics may schedule an appointment to receive a flu shot.
- Anyone age 7 or older may walk into a Mizzou Pharmacy location for a flu shot. No appointment is needed.
- Anyone scheduling a COVID-19 vaccination appointment at the Keene Street vaccination site can also get a flu shot at the same time. COVID-19 vaccination appointments can be made online at https://muhcvaccines.timetap.com/#/
In addition to the above opportunities, the Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services, MU Health Care and the David B. Lichtenstein Foundation will provide free flu shots to schoolchildren in Boone County. Additional information will be provided to families from the Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services.