It's Time to Get your Flu Shot!
Did you know: It takes about two weeks after getting the flu shot for it to become effective.
Get Vaccinated: Stay Healthy. Prevent the Flu.
Where you can get a Flu Shot
- Other Places to get Vaccinated:
- Your doctor or health care provider
- Pharmacies, supermarkets, & discount stores
- Health Department District Offices - for children ages 6 months to 18 years who do not have a pediatric health care provider
- College health centers
- Dial 2-1-1 for information
- Who should get a flu shot?
Find where you can get a flu shot near you. Use this searchable listing of local Home Health Agency or Visiting Nurse Association clinics.
Or contact the HHA or VNA directly:
Vermont Home Health Agency Directory
Call: 1-800-HOMECARE or Dial 2-1-1
The flu clinics are provided by members of Vermont Assembly of Home Health Agencies, including the Visiting Nurses Association, and Home Health and Hospice Agencies. Clinic fees vary. All agencies accept Medicare, so please bring your card.
If you have any questions, please contact the clinic directly.
- Check the Vermont Home Health Agency Directory
- Or call: 1-800-HOMECARE or Dial 2-1-1
The clinic listings are provided by the Health Department as a resource for Vermonters. The department does not schedule or run these clinics.
Flu Information Line
Dial 2-1-1, or visit online at Vermont211.org
Even if you or your child do not have a regular health care provider, it will be easy to get vaccinated.
- Your child's pediatrician - Call pediatrician for an appointment
- District Health Offices - for children ages 6 months to 18 years who do not have a pediatric provider
- Use our Flu Clinic Finder
- Vermont Assembly of Home Health Agencies (Call: 1-800-HOMECARE)
- Dial 2-1-1
- Your doctor or health care provider - Call for an appointment
- Pharmacies, supermarkets, & discount stores - Watch for local notices
- College health centers
The Flu Vaccine Finder locates flu vaccine clinics near you.
A service of Flu.gov.
Everyone over the age of 6 months
Children are at higher risk for the flu because their immune systems are not fully developed. However, the flu vaccine is not approved for infants younger than 6 months. Because they are at especially high risk of flu-related complications, you can protect your child by taking these basic prevention steps, and have caregivers and household members get the flu vaccine.
People at high risk of having serious flu-related complications
It is especially important that people at increased risk of serious flu complications get vaccinated against the flu. Learn more about who's at special risk, and steps to take.
- People 50 years of age and older
- Young children, especially younger than 2 years old
- People with chronic lung disease (such as asthma and COPD), diabetes (type 1 and 2), heart disease, neurologic conditions, and certain other long-term health conditions
- Pregnant women
People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including health care workers, and household contacts
Because your immune system weakens as you age, adults age 65 years and older are more susceptible to the flu. It is important all seniors get the flu vaccine.
- You have two options for vaccination: the regular dose flu shot and the high-dose shot that results in a stronger immune response. Talk to your health care provider to decide which one is right for you.
- If you have flu-like symptoms, contact your health care provider immediately.
- Since you are at high risk for flu-related complications, your doctor may prescribe antiviral medications if you get the flu.
Protect against Pneumonia
Ask your health care provider about getting the pneumococcal vaccine to protect against pneumonia. This is recommended for seniors and others who may be at risk of complications from the flu, including younger adults who smoke or have asthma.
Talk with a doctor before getting a flu vaccine if you:
- have a severe allergy to chicken eggs, those with an allergic reaction to flu vaccines in past should not receive vaccine, but should talk with their doctor about other ways to prevent getting ill with flu
- have ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (a severe paralytic illness, also called GBS), should talk with their doctor about the risks and benefits of getting flu vaccine.
- are ill with fever should wait until symptoms pass to get vaccinated.
If you get the flu you can ask your doctor about antiviral drug treatment.