Protect yourself against the flu!

All IEHP members qualify for a FREE flu shot.


Make sure you do what you can to protect yourself from the flu virus. Everyone should get the flu shot. Members who are especially high risk for complications are:

  • 65 years of age or older
  • Pregnant
  • Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities
  • Children, 6 months or older

Remember, in many cases, the flu shot can prevent the flu, lessen the symptoms if you get the flu and reduce spreading it to others.

Common myths about the flu shot

Myth 1: I can get the flu from the flu shot.
False. The flu shot is made from a virus that is not active, so it doesn’t cause infection.


Myth 2: I’m healthy; I don’t need the flu shot.
False. Healthy people can get sick, too. Very sick. The flu shot can help lower your chances of getting sick.


Myth 3: I got a flu shot last year. I don’t need a shot this year.
False. The flu virus changes every year and so does the flu shot. You need a flu shot every year to fight this year's flu.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your doctor’s office (for adults and children), certain network pharmacies like CVSRite Aid and Walgreens (for adults only).

To avoid getting the flu, you should: 

  • Get the flu shot.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wear something to cover your mouth and nose when in public.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If you don't have soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 
  • Eat healthy.
  • Drink lots of fluids, especially water. 
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces around you.

If you get the flu, be sure to:

  • Stay home and rest.
  • Avoid others. 
  • Drink lots of fluids, like water and juice.
  • See your doctor if symptoms do not improve.

If you have the flu but can’t reach your doctor, call the IEHP 24-Hour Nurse Advice Line at 888-244-IEHP (4347) or 711 for TTY users. Our nurses can connect you with a Board-Certified doctor by telephone or virtual visit via video chat.