The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene recommends that everyone 6 months old and older get vaccinated with a shot during flu season.

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

Other people at high risk of influenza complications include:

  • People 65 years and older
  • Pregnant women
  • People with underlying medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease

The flu vaccine is widely available throughout New York City. You can visit your health care provider or check nearby pharmacies to see if they have flu vaccines. Pharmacies only vaccinate adults who are 18 years and older. 

The Health and Hospitals Corporation's public health clinics and the Health Department's immunization clinic are also offering the 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.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

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

  • Get your flu vaccination.
  • 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.
  • If you are running a fever with a cough or sore throat, limit your contact with other people, 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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