Flu & Pneumonia Vaccines

Flu Clinic Schedule

The Alabama Department of Public Health will host flu shot clinics throughout the state. Check the Flu Clinic Schedule below for dates and times of clinics near you.

Rules and Regulations for Schools and Nursing Homes

Get your flu shot!

Influenza Disease

When administering flu vaccine, it is also a great time to get all ACIP vaccines recommended by age, especially pneumococcal, Tdap, and Zoster. To find a flu vaccine provide near you, go to CDC's Flu Finder Webpage. For other adult vaccines, go to Adult Immunization Providers to find a provider in your county.

What is influenza disease?

  • Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus.
  • The virus infects the nose, throat, and lungs.
  • It can cause mild to severe illness, hospitalization, and even death.

What are the symptoms?

  • Anyone can get flu and it strikes suddenly and can last several days.
  • Symptoms of flu disease may include:
    --Fever or feeling feverish / chills
    --Sore throat
    --Runny or stuffy nose
    --Muscle or body aches
    --Fatigue (very tired)
    --Vomiting and diarrhea

How does influenza disease spread?

  • Flu is spread by:
    --An infected person's droplets from cough, sneeze or talk enter the mouth, eye or nose
    --Touching a surface or object with flu virus on it and then touching mouth, eyes or nose.
  • An infected person can infect others 1 day before symptoms start and up to 5 to 7 days after symptoms start.
  • Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for an even longer time.

How do I prevent the flu?

  • Get a yearly flu vaccine.
  • Wash your hands properly and often.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with arm.
  • Clean and sterilize surfaces.
  • Stay home if your are sick.

Where can I find more information?

  • Ask your doctor, or contact your local county health department.
  • Email the Alabama Department of Public Health, Immunization Division, at immunization@adph.state.al.us.
  • Go to cdc.gov and type 'influenza' in the SEARCH box.
  • Read, print, and share our Influenza Fast Fact Flyer  to learn more about pertussis disease and vaccines.

Who should get the influenza (flu) vaccine?

  • The flu vaccine is recommended every year for everyone age 6 months or older.

Who should be vaccinated against influenza because they are at increased risk?

  • Children 6 months of age through 5 years.  Adults 65 years of age or older.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Residents of nursing home and other long-term facilities.
  • People who have medical conditions including the following:
    --Chronic lung disease
    --Heart disease.
    --Kidney disorders.
    --Liver disorders.
    --Blood disorders (such as sickle cell disease).
    --Weakened immune systems due to disease or medication (such as HIV / AIDS or cancer).
    --People younger than 19 years of age who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy.
    --People with extreme obesity.

What are the common vaccine side effects and risks?

  • Flu vaccines are safe, but some side effects can occur.
  • Minor problems following the flu vaccine include soreness, redness, and / or swelling from the shot, hoarseness, sore, red or itchy eyes, cough, fever, aches, headache, itching, and fatigue.
  • More serious problems may include Guillain-Barre' syndrome (GBS) in fewer than 1 or 2 cases per one million people vaccinated, children receiving multiple vaccines slightly increase in fever with seizure.
  • People who should not get the flu vaccine include anyone with severe, life threatening allergies, had GBS before, or not feeling well the day of vaccination.

Where can I find more information?

  • Ask your doctor, or your local county health department.
  • Email the Alabama Department of Public Heath, Immunization Division, at immunization@adph.state.al.us.
  • Go to cdc.gov and type 'influenza vaccine' in the SEARCH box.
  • Read, print, and share our  Influenza Fast Fact Flyer to learn more about influenza disease and vaccines.

Why Does Anyone Need a Pneumococcal (Pneumonia) Shot?

  • It protects against Pneumonia, which is a serious illness.
  • Pneumonia can cause serious illness requiring hospitalization, or even death.
  • Pneumonia, an infection of the lungs, needlessly affects millions of people worldwide each year.

Find out about the best defense against Pneumonia from your healthcare provider.

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Page last updated: January 16, 2018