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Flu Prevention

Protect yourself, your family, and your co-workers from this years’ flu virus. Symptoms of the Flu and COVID-19 are similar (e.g., fever, cough, fatigue, difficulty breathing, headaches, muscle pain, etc.) Take action, help prevent spreading the flu and get vaccinated. Getting the flu vaccine will not protect you from the virus that causes COVID-19, however; it will help prevent the overall burden of respiratory illnesses and protect vulnerable populations this season.

Get a free flu shot through your healthcare provider.

  • UnitedHealthcare PPO Members

    UHC Medicare Advantage PPO

    Flu shots are covered at 100% by any provider who accepts Medicare and is willing to bill UHC. Schedule your flu shot today. Visit to find a location near you. Most plans cover flu shots at 100% at the following retail pharmacies. Show your medical ID card:

    • Albertsons® (Albertsons Sav-on and Albertsons Osco)
    • CVS®
    • Harris Teeter®
    • H-E-B®
    • Kmart®
    • The Kroger Co.® (d/b/a Smith’s, Ralph’s, Roundy’s, Pick ‘n Save, Copps Food Center, Metro Market, Mariano’s, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, QFC, Harris Teeter, King Soopers, City Market, Food 4 Less, Dillons, Baker’s, Gerbes, Jay C Food Stores, Owen’s, Pay Less, Scotts)
    • Meijer®
    • New Albertsons® (Acme Sav-on, Jewel-Osco, Star Market, Shaws Osco and Safeway)
    • Publix®
    • Rite Aid®
    • Safeway® (including Carrs, Pak'N Save, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb and Vons stores)
    • United Supermarkets® (Albertsons Market, Amigos and Market Street)
    • Walgreens® (Duane Reade, Jim Myers, Kerr Drug, May's Drug, Parkway Drug and Super D)
    • Walmart® Stores Inc. and Sam's Club®


    Visit: for more information.

  • Blue Shield of California HMO Members

    Get a flu shot from a Primary Care Physician (PCP) without a co-pay.
    Contact your PCP to schedule. Your medical group may also offer reimbursement for flu shots received at a clinic or pharmacy.

    Call for more details:

  • Kaiser Permanente HMO Members

    Kaiser Permanente HMO and Kaiser Permanente Senior Advantage HMO
    Go to any Kaiser Permanente medical facility for a free shot OR visit a local pharmacy. 

    Visit or call (800) 573-5811 for times and locations.

2021 Flu Shot FAQs

  • SHFSS Worksite Flu Clinic FAQs

    Who is eligible for a flu shot at a worksite clinic?

    Employees, retirees and spouses/domestic partners of retirees insured through the SFHSS sponsored health plans from the following employers: CCSF, Unified School District, Community College District and the Superior Court. Some clinics are only open to employees with access to that facility. Worksite clinics are not for spouses/domestic partners and children of City employees. 

    Who should NOT attend a worksite flu clinic?

    You should not attend a flu clinic if:

    1. you are currently (during the time of your scheduled appointment) being quarantined due to potential exposure of COVID-19,
    2. you are currently (during the tie of your scheduled appointment) in isolation do to being identified as COVID-19 positive, or
    3. if you are already accessing a medical facility due to chronic illness.

    Do I need to schedule an appointment to get a vaccination at an SFHSS sponsored worksite flu clinic?

    Yes, in order to maintain the health and safety of all participants appointments will be required in order to get vaccinated.

    Can I receive a COVID-19 Vaccine or a COVID-19 Booster shot at the flu clinics? 

    No, SFHSS will no be administrating COVID-19 Vaccines or COVID-19 booster shots at the flu clinics.

    How soon can I get my flu shot after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine? 

    The CDC states COVID-19 vaccines may now be administered without regard to timing of other vaccines. 

    Will PPE be required?

    Yes, face masks will be required upon entry to the clinic. Staff will ensure face masks are worn properly and meet the guidelines outlined by the CDC.

    Will I be required to have a health screening when I arrive?

    Yes, all participants will be asked to answer health screening questions outlined by the Health Officer. Temperatures will NOT be taken at the clinics.

    Is there any paperwork I need to fill out and if so, can  I fill it out in advance of the clinic?

    Yes, we are recommending participants print, complete, and bring an Informed Consent Waiver Form with them to the flu clinic. Download the English version HERE or the Spanish version HERE.

    General Flu Vaccination FAQ's

    What are the benefits of flu vaccination?

    There are many reasons to get a flu vaccine each year. Such as:

    • Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick with the flu.
    • Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalization for children, working-age adults, and older adults.
    • Flu vaccination is an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions.
    • Flu vaccination helps protect women during and after pregnancy.
    • Flu vaccines can be life-saving in children.
    • Flu vaccination has been shown to reduce the severity of illness in people who get vaccinated but still get sick.
    • Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.

    Does flu vaccine work right away?

    No. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza virus infection. That’s why it’s best to get vaccinated before influenza viruses start to spread in your community.

    Does the flu shot increase your risk of getting COVID-19?

    There is no evidence that getting a flu vaccine increases the risk of getting COVID-19. There are many benefits from flu vaccination and preventing flu is always important, but in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s even more important to do everything possible to reduce illnesses and preserve scarce health care resources.

    Can I get seasonal flu even though I got a flu vaccine this year?

    Yes. It’s possible to get sick with flu even if you have been vaccinated (although you won’t know for sure unless you get a flu test). This is possible for the following reasons:

    • You may be exposed to a flu virus shortly before getting vaccinated or during the period that it takes the body to gain protection after getting vaccinated.
    • You may be exposed to a flu virus that is not included in the seasonal flu vaccine.
    • Unfortunately, some people can become infected with a flu virus a flu vaccine is designed to protect against, despite getting vaccinated. Protection provided by flu vaccination can vary widely, based in part on health and age factors of the person getting vaccinated.

    What protection does a flu vaccine provide if I do get sick with flu?

    Some people who get vaccinated may still get sick. However, flu vaccination has been shown in some studies to reduce the severity of illness in people who get vaccinated but still get sick.

    Can a flu vaccine give me flu?

    No, a flu vaccine cannot cause flu illness.

    What side effects can occur after getting a flu vaccine?

    While a flu vaccine cannot give you flu illness, there are different side effects that may be associated with getting a flu shot. These side effects are mild and short-lasting, especially when compared to symptoms of a bad case of flu. Some minor side effects that may occur include soreness, redness, and/or swelling where the shot was given, headache (low grade), fever, muscle aches, nausea, and fatigue.

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