The Allegheny County Health Department and partner organizations are working to ensure access to influenza (flu) vaccines.
The flu vaccine can protect you from getting the flu and help stop it from being spread to your friends, family and neighbors. And, if you do get the flu, the vaccine reduces the risk of serious illness – such as hospitalizations and the need for intensive care.
The COVID-19 pandemic makes it even more important for residents to protect themselves by getting vaccinated because:
Symptoms of seasonal flu and COVID-19 are similar
The flu accounts for many fall and winter hospitalizations each year. Keeping individuals out of the hospital because of the flu means that hospital staff can focus on patients with COVID-19
Where Can You Get a Flu Shot?
In addition to your primary care provider, flu shots are available at local pharmacies, drugstores, community health clinics and at pop-up events. The Health Department has put together a flu map that shows locations and events where you can get a flu shot. Start by searching for your address or current location. The map is available at http://www.alleghenycounty.us/flumap. More information on influenza is available at http://www.alleghenycounty.us/influenza.
A SIGN lets customers know they can get a flu shot in a Walgreens store. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings/File)