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Seasonal Influenza (Flu) 

This Fall & Winter  |  Vaccine Finder  |  Steps to Avoid the Flu  |  More Info

Who needs a flu vaccine?

Everyone, Every Year!

Influenza is a virus infection that spreads from person to person through coughing and sneezing.

EVEN HEALTHY PEOPLE can get the flu, and it can be serious.

That's why everyone age 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine.

This season, protect yourself — and those around you — by getting a flu vaccine.

Remember, the FLU ends with “U”!

2017–2018 Flu Season

Get Your Flu Vaccination at TCHD

Flu vaccinations are available most Fridays at the Health Department, 55 Brown Road, Ithaca (by the airport and on the TCAT 32 bus line). Ages 19 and over only. Appointments are required and can be made by calling the Health Department at (607) 274-6616.

Guidelines For Getting a Flu Vaccination at TCHD

  • By Appointment Only! Please call (607) 274-6616 during regular business hours to set up a time.
  • No out of pocket costs with the following insurance plans: Medicare Part B, Medicaid, BlueCross BlueShield, Total Care, Fidelis, or these Medicare Managed Plans: Secure Horizons, Today's Options, or Medicare Blue.
  • All other plans, payment due at time of service. Individuals may submit a claim for reimbursement. Most plans cover the cost of an annual flu shot.
  • Cost: $35. Cash and checks accepted. Sorry, we do not accept credit or debit cards.

Questions? Call (607) 274-6616

There are many locations to get your flu vaccination. Use this handy tool to find a location near you!

  Want to beat the flu? Here's what you can do:

Everyone over 6 months old should be immunized. Call your physician or pharmacy to find out where you can get a flu shot. You can also go to and enter your zip code in the Flu Vaccine Finder. 

Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Throw the tissue in the trash, then wash your hands. Sneeze in your sleeve! Keep your hands clean by directing your cough or sneeze to your sleeve inside your elbow.

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds (about the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice.) Teach your children to do this and set a good example by doing it yourself.

Get plenty of rest, eat nutritious foods, stay physically active.

Flu is easily spread from person to person. If you’re sick, protect others by staying home and getting well. You’ll appreciate it when others do the same.


Additional Seasonal Flu Resources