To keep you healthy throughout the year, we offer a wide range of vaccines, including the seasonal flu shot. Get a walk-in flu shot (influenza vaccination) at any CityMD location throughout NYC, Long Island, Westchester, NJ, and Washington State.
Our flu shots are administered by a small injection. All our flu vaccines are all preservative free, with no mercury. They are safe for use in everyone over the age of six months, as well as during pregnancy. . Flu vaccines are not perfect in preventing the flu, but they have no flu in them, and cannot cause the flu. During flu season, if you do end up contracting the flu, rest assured that our physicians are ready to provide medical care to help you recover as quickly as possible
Flu Shot Options
CityMD offers flu shots specifically formulated based on age (children 6 months to 3 years, children age 3 to adult, so you will receive the best flu protection for your specific needs.
The flu shot is typically covered by most insurance as well as Medicare.
When to get the flu shot?
Most people contract the influenza virus during ‘flu season,' which typically lasts from October through March, with most of cases peaking in January. The flu poses risks to people of various ages, ranging from the very young, the very old, to those with compromised immune systems. Here are some things to remember before and after you have your flu shot:
It takes about 2 weeks for a person to build up immunity after receiving a flu shot (developing the antibodies to protect them if and when exposed). So, ideally, people should get the flu shot about 2 weeks before flu season begins.
Flu shots are usually only effective for about 6 months, after that it starts to weaken and a person could potentially get the flu even after receiving a flu shot. (Unless they receive a booster shot, which is recommended for elderly patients and patients with comorbidities that put them at increased risk, but the general public doesn't typically get booster flu shots.)
So, despite the early aggressive marketing by retail pharmacies (because they have the vaccine in stock) if it's a long flu season (September - March) and a person gets a flu shot in August, they would be protected until January.