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 flu vaccine. Pharmacies may vaccinate adults and children as young as two years of age. 

New York City’s Health and Hospitals public health clinics and the Health Department's immunization clinic also provide flu vaccine. They serve both adults and children.

Online

Learn about flu vaccines for Pre-K, Day Care, Head Start, and Nursery Programs.

Learn more about flu vaccination and find a location to get vaccinated.

Get more information and resources about flu prevention.

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You can also find nearby locations by texting 877877 and typing “flu” for English (or “gripe” for Spanish)

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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.

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

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