Where to Get a Flu Shot
Protect yourself and the people you love by getting a flu shot. CHI Health offers flu shots at the following sites:
CHI Health Quick Care
Visit one of our six locations located throughout the Omaha area. The vaccine is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. All locations are open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit the Quick Care page for pricing and locations.
- CHI Health Clinic
Schedule an appointment at one of our primary care clinics located throughout Omaha and Council Bluffs. Visit the CHI Health Clinic page to find the location nearest you. If you do not currently have a primary care physician, you can find one here.
When to Get a Flu Shot
Because flu season can start as early as October, it's best to get vaccinated in October or November. But, if you aren't vaccinated during these two months don't skip the shot altogether. The flu season can continue into May, so shots in December and later can still be effective.
Each year, 5 to 20 percent of the U.S. population gets the flu, so vaccines are a good idea for just about anyone. Even if you're in good health, you can save yourself a week of feeling lousy and decrease the risk of passing the flu along to someone who might be at risk for complications.
Who Should Get a Flu Shot
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older should receive the flu vaccine. Some people are more likely to get the flu or to have a severe infection if they catch it. People at risk for more serious flu infections should always get a flu vaccine every year. Thus, the CDC recommends extra efforts to vaccinate people in the following groups:
- Pregnant women or women who will be pregnant due flu season
- Children younger than 5 years and especially those under 2 years (but 6 months or older)
- Household contacts and caregivers of children under the age of 6 months, including breastfeeding women
- Are a health care worker or live with a health care worker
- Have chronic lung or heart disease
- Have sickle cell anemia or other hemoglobinopathies
- Live in a nursing home or extended care facilities
- Live with people who have chronic health problems
- Have kidney disease, anemia, severe asthma, diabetes, or chronic liver disease
- Have a weakened immune system (including those with cancer or HIV/AIDS)
- Receive long-term treatment with steroids for any condition