Protect yourself and your loved ones – Get your flu shot today!

Your Health is #1

You’re working hard to stay healthy, and to protect the health of your family and friends. It’s more important than ever that we all get vaccinated for illnesses like influenza (flu). The flu can be deadly, and vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and those around you. Everyone six months or older should get a flu shot each year. Protecting yourself and your loved ones against the flu this year is important to not overwhelm our health systems that need to be ready to take care of people who are sick in our communities.

It’s SAFE, it WORKS and it’s at NO COST to you.

This year, Denver Public Health is offering several easy, fast and convenient ways you can get your flu shot at no cost to you:

  • We’re Coming to You!
    Visit one of our clinics in the community - find a location near you: 
    • Thursday, January 7 | 2 - 6 p.m. | Denver Fire Station 25, 2504 S. Raleigh St., Denver, CO 80219
    • Dates and locations will continue to be added. Please check back often to find a convenient clinic location near you.
  • What To Bring:
    • When visiting one of our flu shot clinics in the community, please plan to bring your ID and insurance card, if you have it.
    • Children younger than age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or person who has authority to give consent.
    • Denver Public Health offers flu shots to anyone that needs one, regardless of insurance or ability to pay. We will never ask about immigration status.
    • All flu clinics will have safety protocols in place for giving vaccines including the use of protective equipment and physical distance.
  • Can’t make one of our clinics in the community?

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I don’t have health insurance? Can I still get a flu shot at one of your clinics?

Yes! Denver Public Health offers immunizations to anyone regardless of insurance or ability to pay.

Someone I know got the flu shot and got sick, can the flu shot give me the flu?

No, the flu shot will not give you the flu. However, it is possible to feel a little sick after getting the flu shot.

Are there side effects from the flu shot?

Some people may have mild side effects after their flu shot. The most common side effects from flu shots are soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot was given. Low-grade fever, headache and muscle aches also may occur. If these reactions happen, they usually begin soon after the shot and last 1-2 days. The most common reactions people have to the flu shot are much less severe than the symptoms caused by actual flu illness.

Sometimes I hear the flu shot offered may not match the current strain. Does the flu shot actually work?

The overall effectiveness of the vaccine varies each year averaging about 40-60%. Even though getting the flu vaccine shot might not protect a person completely from getting the flu, the illness is often much milder and the number of days off work is less. Read more information from the CDC: Vaccine Effectiveness – How well does the Flu Vaccine Work. For information specific to this flu season, visit the CDC’s FAQ about the current flu season.

What are the ingredients in the flu shot?

Today’s vaccines use only ingredients needed to be as safe and effective as possible. Each ingredient in a vaccine serves a specific purpose to:

  • Keep you healthy.
  • Provide protection (immunity).
  • Keep the vaccine safe and long-lasting.

Read more about vaccine ingredients from the CDC.

Is the flu shot a live vaccine?

No. The flu shot is not a live vaccine.

I am immunocompromised, can I still get the flu shot?

Yes. Because the flu shot is not a live vaccine, even people who are immunocompromised should, and can, get it every year.

I have an egg allergy, can I get the flu shot?

Yes. There are egg-free options for the flu shot. Ask your local public health department or doctor giving the vaccine about your options.

I work hard to stay healthy all year - I eat right, take my vitamins and I exercise. Do I really need the flu shot?

Yes. Everyone should get a flu shot every year - even the young and healthy. While you may work hard every year to eat healthy and exercise, this does not necessarily protect you from the flu virus. Everyone should get the flu shot to stay healthy themselves and protect those around you, especially those who are at risk of serious illness and/or may not be able to get vaccinated.

Is COVID-19 like the flu?

The Flu and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by an infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses. Some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, and it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis. Visit the CDC website for information about the similarities and differences between the Flu and COVID-19.

Other Resources:

Denver Public Health
Immunization Clinic
Denver Public Health flu facts
Flu information from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Vaccines for children
Denver Public Health COVID-19 facts and information

Sources: CDC, Denver Public Health