Maricopa County Offers Free Flu Shots
If you have not yet gotten your flu shot – it’s not too late! For the third straight year, the Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI), the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) and the Arizona Department of Health Services have partnered with Phoenix Sky Harbor to offer FREE flu shots or flu mist to visitors, travelers and employees for 5 days from Jan. 26 to Jan. 30: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm or while vaccine supplies last.
The United States has produced and distributed more flu vaccine than ever before; therefore, many providers in states like Arizona have an overabundance of flu vaccine still available as the flu season starts to peak. This year, many providers such as Cigna have stepped up again to donate excess vaccine.
Arizona usually doesn’t see its peak flu season until February so there is still plenty of time to protect yourself and the ones you love from the flu. Don’t be fooled! You do not get the flu from the vaccine and complications from the flu are worse than the discomfort of getting a shot.
Flu shots are available to all ages. Vaccine is recommended to anyone susceptible to the flu and anyone who comes into contact with these vulnerable groups. These groups include seniors, kids, pregnant women, or anyone with a compromised immune system. Flu mist is available for healthy adults and children ages 2-49. This is a good alternative for those who are nervous about needles.
Talk with your health care provider if you have questions about your health and the vaccine.