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Be Healthy: Get the Flu Vaccine

The flu vaccine reduces your chances of getting sick from the flu. If you don’t get the flu, you can’t spread it to your family. It is recommended that everyone six months and older get the flu vaccine.

Flu Badge_ENGetting the flu vaccine is easy

Members between six months and 18 years old can get the flu vaccine from their primary care provider (PCP). Call to schedule an appointment for the flu vaccine.

Members who are 19 years or older can get the vaccine in two ways. They can either:

  • Call their PCP to schedule an appointment.
  • Call a local pharmacy and ask if they have the vaccine. If they do, they can schedule an appointment.

Be sure to bring your HPSM member ID card to your appointment.

If you are at higher risk of serious health complications from getting the flu, it is especially important that you get the flu vaccine. People at higher risk include:

  • Adults 65 years and older
  • Pregnant people
  • Children under five years old
  • Children with neurological disorders (such as disorders of the brain and spinal cord)
  • People with chronic health issues (such as diabetes)
  • People with a weakened immune system
  • People with disabilities
  • People from racial and ethnic minority groups
  • Learn more about how to protect yourself from the flu at
  • Stay up to date with other vaccines, like the new COVID-19 vaccine that was released in September. You can get the flu vaccine and updated COVID-19 vaccine at the same appointment. It is recommended that everyone six months and older get the updated COVID-19 vaccine.