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 through a traditional injection. If you do end up contracting the flu, our physicians provide flu urgent care services to help you recover as quickly as possible. Our flu shots are preservative free with no mercury, so they're safe for pregnant women and babies over the age of six months. This also puts parents at ease because some worry about preservatives in vaccines.
Flu Shot Options
CityMD offers flu shots specifically formulated based on age (children up to 3, adults up to 65, adults over 65), so you'll know you'll be getting what works best for your specific needs.
The flu shot is typically covered by most insurance as well as Medicare.
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.