Flu Clinic FAQs
Is there a cost to get a flu shot at the Office of Public Health (OPH) community sites?
What ages can be vaccinated at the OPH community sites?
Ages 6 months and older
Do you have to live in Montgomery County to be eligible to get the flu shot at a community site? You may live, work, or go to school in Montgomery County in order to receive a flu shot at our community sites.
Are appointments required?
Appointments are required for all locations. Only individuals with appointments who have submitted their online registration forms for the selected clinic will receive a flu shot.
How do I make an appointment?
Go to www.montcopa.org/flu or call 610-278-5117 and speak to someone who can help you register.
Is there any paperwork to complete?
All paperwork/forms will be submitted online. You do not need to print any paperwork.
Why are you asking for my insurance information?
If you have health insurance that covers flu vaccinations, the Office of Public Health may seek reimbursement from your insurance provider for this service. Please be assured there will be no co-pay or cost to you, even if a claim is denied. If you receive a bill, please call 610-278-5117.
I have 5 people coming for flu shots. How does that work?
Each person getting a flu shot will need their own appointment.
When I made an appointment for myself and my family, the appointment times varied. Can we all come at the same time?
Yes, please arrive within the time frame of the appointments assigned.
I need to reschedule or cancel my appointment. What do I do?
Follow the instructions in your confirmation e-mail to reschedule or cancel your appointment or call 610-278-5117.
How should I prepare for arrival at the appointment?
Please wear a short-sleeved shirt and coats off prior to seeing the nurse.
Do I need to wear a mask to attend an OPH Flu Clinic?
Yes, although masks should NOT be worn by children under age 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
None of the dates work me for me, where else can I go to get a flu shot?
Please visit www.montcopa.org/flu and scroll to the section that says “Locations That Offer Flu Shots” for additional locations in Montgomery County and the surrounding area offering flu vaccine.
Can pregnant women get the influenza vaccine?
Yes. In fact, this is one of three vaccines that pregnant women are urged to get during pregnancy; the other two are COVID-19 and Tdap. Because pregnant women are more likely to experience complications and hospitalization as a result of infection with influenza, it is important for them to be immunized. In addition, studies have shown that babies of women who were immunized with influenza vaccine during pregnancy are less likely to be infected with influenza during the first six months of life, before they are old enough to be vaccinated.
Will the High Dose Flu vaccine be available at OPH’s Walk-up clinics for seniors?
OPH plans to have this vaccine available to our seniors at the walk-up flu clinics. This vaccine is indicated for those aged 65 and older, although this is dependent upon vaccine availability.
Can I get a flu shot if I’m allergic to eggs?
Yes. The recommendations for influenza vaccination for people with an egg allergy have been modified. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) states that persons who report having had reactions to egg, may receive any licensed and recommended age-appropriate influenza vaccine.
OPH will follow these guidelines concerning egg allergy at their flu clinics:
Persons with a history of egg allergy who have experienced only hives after exposure to egg may receive any licensed and recommended age-appropriate influenza vaccine.
- Persons who are aged 18 years or older and state they have a severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) to eggs will receive Flublok, which is considered to be an egg-free flu vaccine.
- Persons who are under 18 years of age and state they have a severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) to egg should not attend an OPH flu clinic and are recommended to receive their flu shot with their allergist or health care provider. People who have a history of severe egg allergy (those who have had any symptoms other than hives after exposure to egg) should be vaccinated in a medical setting, supervised by a health care provider who is able to recognize and manage severe allergic reactions.
Will OPH be doing any Drive Thru Flu Clinics this year?
No. OPH will be offering flu shots at their Walk up COVID-19 Vaccination Sites only.
Are you able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as a flu shot?
Yes. If you would like to get your COVID-19 vaccine (1st, 2nd, or 3rd dose*) at the same time as your flu shot, you will need to register here separately for this. Please choose the same location and date as the flu vaccine. If the time differs from your flu shot appointment, please arrive at your scheduled flu shot appointment.
*3rd doses for COVID-19 vaccine are for people who are immunocompromised.
If you experience symptoms* of COVID-19 within 48 hours of your appointment or have been in close physical contact with a person who is known to have COVID-19, or you are isolating or quarantining because you may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19, you should not attend a Montgomery County Office of Public Health Influenza Vaccination (Flu shot) Clinic. This is for your safety and the safety of our staff and clients.
*Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.