Flu Vaccine information
Influenza vaccine is the best way to prevent illness. Because the strains of influenza that are circulating change, a person needs a flu vaccine every year.
For this winter season (2022-2023), the Boston Public Health Commission is offering free, walk-in flu vaccination for people of all ages in various neighborhoods. No insurance or ID is needed at these sites. Their locations and hours of operation are listed below. Get yourself and your family vaccinated today!
Getting your flu vaccine
The flu vaccine is available in a variety of ways. Most options are completely covered by health insurance. Additionally, two free walk-in clinic for all ages are:
Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building
2300 Washington St, Roxbury, MA 02119
Tuesdays through Saturdays: 12 - 8 p.m.
Lena Park Community Center
150 American Legion Hwy, Dorchester, MA 02124
Sundays: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Mondays: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 12 - 7 p.m.
Fridays: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Health Care Provider
Most health insurance plans cover the cost of a flu vaccine from your primary care provider without a co-pay.
Many pharmacies offer flu vaccines at no cost to patients. Due to COVID-19, many pharmacists in Massachusetts can now vaccinate people 3 years and older. We recommend you call ahead to confirm availability and required documentation.
If you do not have health insurance, or if co-pays are a barrier, call the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050 or toll free at 800-847-0710. We offer vouchers for free flu vaccines through the Mayor’s Health Line. Vouchers are available to uninsured or underinsured adults. Redeem vouchers at any Walgreens pharmacy.
For questions about the flu or flu vaccines, call the Infections Disease Bureau at 617-534-5611. Calls are free and confidential.
Who should get the flu vaccine?
Anyone 6 months of age or older should get a flu vaccine. The vaccine is especially important for people at high risk of serious flu complications. High risk people include:
- Young children
- Pregnant women
- People who are 65 years and older
- People with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart, and lung disease
Do I need to get a flu vaccine this year if I was sick with the flu last year?
After recovering from flu, you have protection against only that one strain of flu. But, since there are many other strains, it is possible to get flu again. A flu vaccine is the only way to protect yourself against all 3-4 strains expected to circulate.
Will a person have better immunity if they get the flu rather than the vaccine?
A person will gain immunity against the flu after getting a vaccine or in some cases after they recover from the flu. It is important to remember that the flu can cause very serious illness in some people. The risk from getting a vaccine is much less than the risk of getting sick with the flu.
Can a person get flu from the flu vaccine?
No, the flu vaccine cannot give you the flu. The vaccine takes two weeks to provide full protection against the flu. It is important to use other prevention methods such as washing your hands and staying away from those who are sick during that time. Many people confuse the flu with cold symptoms since both flu and cold seasons are at the same time. The best way to protect yourself from illness is by getting the flu vaccine and practicing prevention methods.