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8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
excluding holidays

Philly Flu Shots
1835 Market Street
Suite 1200
Philadelphia, PA 19103

(215) 642-0028

Frequently Asked Questions


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Q: What is the flu?

A: Influenza (commonly called the "flu") is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses.  In some people, the flu can cause serious complications, including bacterial pneumonia, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma or diabetes. Children and adults may develop sinus problems and ear infections.  Approximately 200,000 people are hospitalized from seasonal flu-related complications, and about 36,000 people die from seasonal flu-related causes.  

Q: What are the side effects of the vaccine?

A: The worst side effect you’re likely to get with injectable vaccine is a sore arm. The risk of a rare allergic reaction is far less than the risk of severe complications from influenza. 

Q: I am pregnant; can I get a flu shot?

A: Women who are pregnant should obtain written permission from their doctor before receiving the flu vaccine.  The vaccine we carry is not Thimerosal free.   

Q: Are there any allergies that may prevent me from being able to receive a flu shot?

A: Yes. If you are allergic to eggs, have had a previous reaction to the flu shot, or have a history of Guillain-Barr Syndrome (GBS); you may not be eligible to receive the influenza vaccine.  If you have questions about whether you should get a flu shot, talk to your doctor or healthcare provider.  

Q: Can everyone get the vaccine?

A: You might not be able to get this protection if you are allergic to eggs (used in making the vaccine), are very ill with a high fever, or have had a severe reaction to the flu vaccine in the past.

Q: Does the vaccine guarantee that I won’t get the flu?

A: The vaccine usually protects most people from the flu. Sometimes a person who receives flu vaccine can get the flu but will be far less sick without the vaccine. Flu vaccine will not protect you from other viruses that sometimes feel like the flu. 

Q: Can I get sick from getting a flu shot?

A: No. The injectable flu vaccine is an inactive or “dead” virus, and will not cause the flu; however, soreness at the site of the injection is a possible side effect.  People often confuse the common cold, or an existing illness with receiving the flu shot, when they are indeed coincidental.    

Q: How does the flu virus spread?

A: The flu usually spreads from person to person in respiratory droplets when people who are infected cough or sneeze. People occasionally may become infected by touching something with influenza virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose or eyes.

Q: What is the best time of the year to receive my flu shot?

A: Generally the beginning of October through November, or as soon as the vaccine is available.  Philly Flu Shots offers the vaccine later into the season, but prior to December is suggested.

Q: Who is at the highest risk for contracting the flu?

A: People 65 years or older, people with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant women, and young children.

Q: What are the best ways to prevent myself from getting the flu?

A: The yearly flu vaccination is the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease.  Continuing to wash your hands frequently, covering your mouth when coughing, staying home if you think you have the flu, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will all help in preventing the spread of influenza.  

Q: What are the symptoms of the flu?


Influenza usually starts suddenly and may include the following symptoms:

  • Fever (usually high)
  • Headache
  • Tiredness (can be extreme)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Body aches
  • Diarrhea and vomiting (more common among children than adults)

Q: Is H1N1 still a concern for the 2010-2011 flu season?

A: The World Health Organization is still tracking the 2010-2011 influenza virus. There are plans to include H1N1 in the seasonal flu vaccine, so only one shot will be necessary.   

Q: What is the fastest way to get my flu shot?

A: The fastest way to receive your flu shot is to pre-pay online, and bring your printed receipt (or smart phone receipt) and have your consent form signed ahead of time.    

Q: Who will be administering the shots?


We have qualified nurses with over 20 years of experience. They have received many compliments for their ability to administer pain-free shots! 

Q: How much is the flu shot?

A: $24.  Look for us on Twitter, and around Center City for opportunities to receive special discounts and promotions.  

Q: How long will it take to get the shot?

A: If you follow the recommended guidelines, approximately 5 minutes. If it’s your first time getting the flu shot we request you stay in the waiting room for 10 minutes after your shot to assure you have no allergic reactions. 

Q: Do you take insurance?

A: No. However, Philly Flu Shots provides you with a receipt of flu shot and a form that you may submit for reimbursement to your insurance provider.  Unfortunately since individual insurance varies, we can not guarantee reimbursement from insurance providers. 

Q: How old do I have to be to receive a vaccine?


Philly Flu Shots only vaccinates individuals over the age of 18.

Q: What do I need to bring with me?

A: If you have pre-paid online, please remember to bring your signed consent form, and receipt.  If you did not pay online, please bring cash or a debit/credit card. 

Q: Where are you located?

A: We are on 1835 Market Street, 12th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103.  

Q: What form of payment is accepted?

A: We take all major credit cards both online and in-office.  No personal checks.

Q: Do senior citizens receive a special discount?

A: Yes.  Please show your Medicare card, to receive $2.00 off of your flu shot. 

Q: Do you provide other vaccines or health screenings?

A: Yes! Philly Flu Shots offers a variety of other vaccines for individuals that may travel over seas, students, health care workers, or those who do not have time to schedule an appointment with a doctor. 

Q: What if I have a large organization or company that wants to receive flu shots for their employees?

A: Please refer to our corporate flu shots program information on the “Corporate flu shots” page.  A list of best practices is provided as well as a request form.    

Q: Do I need an appointment?

A: No. Philly Flu Shots is open Monday through Friday 8:30 AM- 4:00 PM, excluding holidays.  We accept walk-ins only.