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Because you don't have time for the flu

It’s easy to get your flu shot — and it’s at no cost to you. Schedule your appointment now:

Get a flu shot near you

Getting a flu shot is always a good idea. But this year, with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s even more important. Why? Because you want to protect yourself from having the flu virus (influenza) and the coronavirus at the same time.

Having the flu isn’t fun, but most people recover in a few days. But, like COVID-19, the flu can be fatal for some. Even if you aren’t worried about yourself, getting a flu shot can keep you from spreading it to others who are at high risk (like those under age 2 or over age 65).

So, protect yourself (and your family) by getting the flu shot at a Geisinger location near you — it’ll be one less contagious illness to worry about this flu season.

Flu information for Geisinger employees (sign in required)

Where to get a flu shot 

Flu season begins in the fall and ends in the spring, peaking between December and February. It’s best to get vaccinated before flu season starts — don’t worry, it’s easy.

Available starting Sept. 8, here are 3 ways to get your no-cost flu shot at Geisinger:

Schedule an appointment

Schedule an appointment through the myGeisinger patient portal or by calling your doctor’s office. Already have an appointment scheduled with your primary care or specialty doctor? Ask for your flu shot during your visit.
Get a drive-thru flu shot

Get your no-cost flu shot at one of our flu shot clinics near you. All you have to do is drive up — we’ll take care of the rest.

Here are our upcoming events:

Saturday, Sept. 26 (age 18+)

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Locations:

Benton Volunteer Fire Company
150 Colley St., Benton, PA 17814

CenterPoint
300 Keystone Ave., Pittston, PA 18640

Sunday, Sept. 27 (age 18+)

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location:

CenterPoint
300 Keystone Ave., Pittston, PA 18640

Thursday, Oct. 1 (age 18+)

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location:

Good Will Fire & EMS
25 North St., Minersville, PA

Saturday, Oct. 3

Time: 9 a.m – 1 p.m

Locations:

Central PA:

Northeast PA:

West-central PA:

Saturday, Oct. 3 & Sunday, Oct. 4 (age 18+)

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location:

Geisinger Hughes Center
9 Stearns Lane, Danville, PA 17821

Monday, Oct. 5 (age 18+)

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location:

Greater Scranton YMCA
706 N Blakely St, Dunmore, PA 18512

Saturday, Oct. 10 & Sunday, Oct. 11 (age 18+)

Location:

Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital
300 Hollywood Blvd. Orwigsburg, PA 17961

Sunday, Oct. 11 (age 18+)

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location:

STEP Inc, Lock Haven
124 E. Walnut St, Lock Haven, PA 17745

Saturday, Oct. 17 (age 6 months+)

Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Location:

Sullivan County Health Fair
4430 PA-154, Forksville, PA 18616

Sunday, Oct. 18 (age 18+)

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location:

Bloomsburg Fire Department
911 Market St., Bloomsburg, PA

Saturday, Oct. 24 (age 18+)

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m

Location:

Southside Fire Station
525 E. Broad St. Hazleton, PA

Saturday, Oct. 24th & Sunday, Oct. 25th (age 18+)

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location:

Nittany Mall
2633 E College Ave, State College, PA 16801

Get a walk-in flu shot

We also offer walk-in flu shots at all Geisinger primary care, Convenient Care (urgent care), and pharmacy locations during business hours. That’s right, just walk in — wearing your mask and being mindful of physical distancing.

To avoid longer wait times, scheduling an appointment is recommended. Find a Geisinger location near you.

For pediatric patients and families, attend one of our open walk-in Saturday clinics.

Dates:

Oct 10th, Nov. 7th, or Dec 5th

Time: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Locations:

Geisinger Woodbine
16 Woodbine Lane
Danville, PA 17821

Geisinger Pediatrics Lewisburg
3 Hospital Dr., Suite 122
Evangelical Community Hospital
Professional Building
Lewisburg, PA 17837

Flu shots for Geisinger Health Plan members

In addition to the other opportunities listed, Geisinger Health Plan members who are 18+ can also get a no-cost flu shot at one of the following upcoming events:

Thursday, Sept. 24

County: Northumberland
Location: Geisinger Milton
155 South Arch St., Milton, PA 17847
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 25

County: York
LocationSpringettsbury Park
2899 Whiteford Rd., York, PA 17402
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 28

County: Lycoming
Location: Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital
1020 Thompson St., Jersey Shore, PA 17740
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 29

County: Northumberland
Location: Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital
4200 Hospital Rd., Coal Township, PA 17866
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 30

County: Snyder
LocationGeisinger Selinsgrove
201 Roosevelt Ave., Selinsgrove, PA 17870
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 8

County: Schuylkill
Location: Geisinger Pottsville
529 Terry Reiley Way, Pottsville, PA 17901  
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 12

County: Luzerne
LocationGeisinger East Mountain Specialty Clinic
1155 East Mountain Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 14

County: Luzerne
Location: Geisinger Mountain Top
35 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, PA 18707   
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 16

County: Wyoming
LocationGeisinger Tunkhannock
10 Trieble Dr., Tunkhannock, PA 18657    
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 19

County: Columbia
LocationGeisinger Berwick
2200 W. Front St., Berwick, PA 18603   
Time: 9 a.m. –  2 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 21

County: Luzerne
Location: Geisinger Kingston
560 Pierce St., Kingston, PA 18704
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 26

County: Monroe
Location: Geisinger Mt. Pocono
126 Market Way, Mt. Pocono, PA 18344
Time: 9 a.m. –  2 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 28

County: Lackawanna
Location: Geisinger Mt. Pleasant
531 Mt. Pleasant Dr., Scranton, PA 18503
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

It’s easy to get your flu shot

Schedule your appointment now.
Call 800-275-6401 and say “flu shot”
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How to prevent the flu

The best way to prevent the flu is by getting your flu shot each year. Here are some other steps you can take to avoid the flu (and other bugs, too):

  • Wash your hands often with warm, soapy water for 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer when handwashing isn’t an option
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth (until you’ve washed your hands)
  • Avoid crowds and close contact with those who are sick

You can also protect yourself by practicing good health habits, like:

  • Eating a well-balanced diet
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Staying physically active
  • Managing your stress
  • Cleaning and disinfecting highly touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially if someone is sick

Symptoms of a cold

Like the flu, the common cold is a respiratory illness that is caused by a different virus.

Symptoms of a cold usually come on more gradually and are milder than the flu. They include:

  • Cough
  • Mild fever (more common in children)
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy nose

Symptoms of COVID-19

Like the flu, COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that is caused by a different virus.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild to severe, and may include:

  • 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

Symptoms of the flu

Flu symptoms typically come on suddenly. If you have it, you may have some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills (not everyone will have a fever)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults)

Frequently asked questions

Can I get the flu from the flu shot?

The flu shot doesn’t contain the active virus, so it can’t cause you to get the flu. You might feel a bit under the weather, though, as it revs up your immune system and your body creates antibodies.

Who should get a flu shot?

The CDC recommends annual flu shots for everyone 6 months of age and older. Vaccination is particularly important for people at higher risk of serious complications — including anyone age 65 or older, children younger than 2 years old, pregnant women and those with medical conditions like asthma, cancer, COPD, diabetes, kidney or liver disease.

When should I get the flu shot?

Flu season begins in the fall and ends in the spring, peaking between December and February. As a general rule of thumb, plan to get your flu shot by the end of October.

While it’s best to get the vaccine before flu season begins, it can still be beneficial throughout flu season. So, if you forget, get it as soon as you can.

If I get the flu shot, can I still get the flu?

Several strains of flu go around, and the flu shot covers the ones you’re most likely to get. But it’s possible to catch a strain that isn’t covered by the vaccine. Still, getting the vaccine reduces your chances of getting the flu. And the vaccine can also reduce how severe the flu is if you do get it.