Flu Shots

Protect yourself and those around you by scheduling an annual flu vaccine.

Flu Shots

The flu, or influenza virus, is a highly contagious respiratory infection. The flu virus changes yearly and can affect anyone, regardless of age or health status. Complications from the flu may lead to bacterial pneumonia, sinus infections, worsening of chronic conditions, and even hospitalization and death. Your best defense against the flu is to get vaccinated.

Scientists develop a new vaccine each year to protect against the most current strains of influenza. A flu shot triggers the immune system to produce antibodies which will fight off the infection if you come in contact. Flu shots boost the body’s immune response and promote herd immunity.

Who should get a flu vaccine?

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older should receive an annual flu shot. Protection from the virus is essential for those at risk of developing flu-related complications, including:

  • Infants
  • Children under 5 years old
  • Adults 65 and older
  • Pregnant women
  • Seniors living in nursing homes

Other health conditions and genetic factors that may put individuals in a high-risk category are:

  • Asthma
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Kidney Disease
  • Obesity
  • People with disabilities
  • Certain Ethnic Minorities

The rare population that should not receive a flu shot includes children younger than 6 months or anyone with a severe, life-threatening allergy to an ingredient in the vaccine.

When should you get a flu shot?

In the US, the flu usually starts in October and peaks between December and February. The best time to get a flu shot is late September or October. Planning for your shot in advance is the best chance to avoid getting sick and spreading the virus to others. The flu shot typically lasts for six months or through one flu season. You can receive a flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine at the same time.

Common flu shot side effects

While some individuals don’t experience noticeable reactions from a flu shot, others may encounter mild side effects. The mild discomfort is a sign that the body is building antibodies and should clear up on its own within 1-2 days. Common flu shots side effects are:

  • Soreness at the injection site
  • Low-grade fever
  • Headache
  • Mild aches or stiffness
  • Fatigue

Find Flu Shots services at:

Tapestry – Albany Park

3737 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625


Tapestry – Devon

1300 W Devon Ave
Chicago, IL 60660


Tapestry – Gale Elementary School

1631 W Jonquil Terr
Chicago, IL 60626


Tapestry – Hibbard Elementary School

4930 N Sawyer Ave
Chicago, IL 60625


Tapestry – Kilmer Elementary School

6700 N Greenview Ave
Chicago, IL 60626


Tapestry – Lakeview

3154 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657


Tapestry – Lincoln Square

2645 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625


Tapestry – Roosevelt High School

3436 W Wilson Ave
Chicago, IL 60625


Tapestry – Senn High School

5900 N Glenwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60660


Tapestry – Skokie

8320 Skokie Blvd
Skokie, IL 60077
(enter from parking lot)


Tapestry – Sullivan High School

6631 N Bosworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60626


Tapestry – Thresholds

4423 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60640


Tapestry – Touhy

2200 W Touhy Ave
Chicago, IL 60645


Tapestry – Trilogy

1400 W Greenleaf Ave
Chicago, IL 60626


Tapestry – Uplift Community High School

900 W Wilson Ave
Chicago, IL 60640


Tapestry – Wilson

845 W Wilson Ave
Chicago, IL 60640


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