The Health Department recommends that everyone 6 months and older receive a flu shot as soon as possible. 

Young children between 6 months and 5 years old are considered to be at high risk for the flu and should get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Other people at high risk of influenza complications include:

  • People 50 years and older
  • Pregnant people (any trimester)
  • People with ongoing medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease

The flu vaccine is widely available throughout the City. You can visit your health care provider or check nearby locations, such as pharmacies to see if they have the flu vaccine. Pharmacies may vaccinate adults and children as young as 2 years of age.

New York City’s Health and Hospitals public health clinics also provide flu vaccines to both adults and children.

Most health insurance plans cover flu vaccination without a co-pay. There are also many ways for New Yorkers without health insurance to get low-cost vaccines including NYC Health and Hospital sites.


Find flu vaccine locations.

Get more information and resources about flu prevention.

By Text

Text 877877 and type "flu" for English or "gripe" for Spanish to find a place to get a flu shot.

By Phone

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for assistance.



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The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene recommends that you do the following to avoid getting or spreading influenza:

  • Get your flu vaccine as soon as possible.
  • Cover your coughs or sneezes using your sleeve or a tissue (not your bare hand).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. 
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people. 
  • Limit your contact with other people if you are running a fever with a cough or sore throat, and stay home from school or work for 24 hours after your fever is gone.

Get more information and resources about flu prevention.

As of December 31, 2014, all children under the age of 5 years (6-59 months) are required to receive the flu shot if they attend a New York City regulated preschool or child care center.

The Department of Health is mandating the flu shot to address the high number of deaths in young children due to complications from the flu.

Your child may not be allowed to attend school either in person or remotely if they have not received the flu vaccine. 

You may be able to get a medical exemption if your child has a health condition where the vaccine may be harmful. Contact your child’s school or program to find out what is needed for this exemption. At this time, religious exemptions are not permitted for mandated vaccines.

You can get a flyer about flu antivirals and what to ask your provider about the antiviral.

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) to request a copy.


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