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2016 Flu Shot FAQs

  1. How can I get a flu shot?
Get a free flu shot through your health plan.
Kaiser Permanente Members United Healthcare (City Plan) Members Blue Shield of California Members
Go to any KP medical facility for a free shot. Visit or call 800-573-5811 for times and locations. Flu shots are covered 100% from an in-network physi- cian, or at one of the retail pharmacies and Convenience Care Clinics below. Show your medical ID card:
  • Albertsons Pharmacy
  • CVS Pharmacy & Minute Clinics
  • Kmart Pharmacy
  • Miejer Pharmacy
  • RediClinic
  • Rite Aid
  • Safeway Stores
  • Shopko
  • Target Pharmacy & Clinics
  • The Little Clinic
  • United Supermarkets
  • Walgreens Pharmacy
  • & Take Care Clinics
  • Walmart Stores and Sam’s Club

Get a flu shot from a Primary Care Physician (PCP) at no co-pay cost. Contact your PCP to schedule. Or your medical group may offer reimbursement for flu shots received at a clinic or pharmacy.

Call for details: Brown & Toland: 1-800-225-5637

Hill Physicians: 1-800-445-5747

Chinese Community Health Care Association: 415-834-2118

John Muir Health: 925-952-2887

  • Why should I get a flu shot?

    Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community. You can protect people who are at greater risk of getting seriously ill from the flu. The flu shot may also make your illness milder if you do get sick. (

  • How long does it take for the flu vaccine to become effective?

    A flu vaccination takes about 2 weeks to become fully effective.

  • Who should get the flu shot?

    Everyone 6 months and older is recommended for annual flu vaccination with rare exception. It is especially important for children younger than 5, people 65 years and older, pregnant women, and those with conditions like asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung diseases because they are at greater risk of developing complications from the flu, like pneumonia.

  • When should I get a flu shot?

    The CDC recommends vaccinating as soon as vaccine is available. See the CDC website for details. However, the flu season usually does not begin until mid to late December, and peaks in January to February. So, October and November clinics are generally considered good timing.

  • Can I get the flu shot if I have a cold?

    Yes, as long as you don’t have a fever.

  • What else should I do to prevent the flu?

    You can avoid close contact with people who are sick, stay home when you are sick, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, wash your hands often with soap and water, avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, and practice other good habits such as a healthy diet, exercise, and 7-8 hours of sleep every night.

  • Where can I learn more about the flu?

    You can learn more about the flu by checking out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website: