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Flu Shots

Flu Activity is on the Rise on Our Region

How to identify flu symptoms and what to do if you think you need to seek care: Click Here

To assess your symptoms with a nurse, call the 24/7 Ochsner On Call line, at 1-800-231-5257


Are you waiting until the last minute? Don’t. Flu shots take about two weeks to provide protection. Get vaccinated before peak flu season hits by scheduling your appointment online today.  Or discover four ways you can get your flu shot at Ochsner.

Who Should Get a Flu Shot?

Everyone Older Than 6 Months

Ochsner offers a variety of flu shot options, including preservative-free alternatives for pregnant women and people with allergies. Please note that due to a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nasal spray vaccinations will not be available this year.

Who’s at Risk for Flu-Related Complications?


Pregnant Women


Younger Than 5


Adults Older
Than 65

And Those With:




Immune Systems




Heart Disease

4 Ways to Get a Flu Shot at Ochsner Health System

1. Primary Care Physicians

Ochsner primary care physicians offer flu shots by appointment.
To schedule an appointment:

  • Schedule online through our secure patient portal, MyOchsner
  • Call your doctor
  • Call 1-866-OCHSNER

2. Flu Prevention at Your Worksite

Ochsner Corporate Wellness offers on-site flu vaccinations at local area businesses.

Please call 504-842-5799 to schedule an appointment or click here for more information.

3. Visit an Ochsner Pharmacy & Wellness Location

Ochsner Pharmacy & Wellness accepts most insurances, and walk-ins are welcome.

New Orleans

Pharmacy & Wellness - New Orleans
1514 Jefferson Hwy.
New Orleans, LA 70121

Pharmacy & Wellness - Primary Care
1401 Jefferson Hwy.
New Orleans, LA 70121

Pharmacy & Wellness - Baptist
2820 Napoleon Ave., Ste 220
New Orleans, LA 70115

Pharmacy & Wellness - Kenner
200 W. Esplanade Ave., Ste 106
Kenner, LA 70065


Pharmacy & Wellness - Covington
1000 Ochsner Blvd.
Covington, LA 70433


Pharmacy & Wellness - St. Anne
108 Acadia Park Dr.
Raceland, LA 70394

Baton Rouge

Pharmacy & Wellness - Summa
9001 Summa Ave.
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Pharmacy & Wellness - O'Neal
16777 Medical Center Drive, Ste 103
Baton Rouge, LA 70816


Pharmacy & Wellness - Destrehan
13100 River Rd., Suite 110
Destrehan, LA 70047

4. Visit an Urgent Care Location

Find an Urgent Care location near you 

Flu Shots: Myths vs. Facts

If you are experiencing flu symptoms, see a doctor today.


The flu vaccine gives you the flu.


A flu shot does not cause the flu. Flu vaccines are made with “inactivated” viruses, so there is no live flu virus in the shot. However, common side effects include soreness, redness and swelling at the shot site.


The flu vaccine isn’t effective.


The vaccine’s effectiveness varies by season. However, recent studies show vaccination can reduce the risk of getting the flu by 50 to 60 percent in the general population, according to the CDC.


I don’t need a flu vaccine every year.


Over time, immune protection from the flu vaccine decreases, meaning yearly shots are the best way to protect yourself and your family.

Think You Have the Flu?

If flu symptoms arise, Ochsner patients can call Ochsner On Call (1-800-231-5257 or 504-842-3155), a free service with specially trained registered nurses available to discuss your health care concerns, to help you decide if your symptoms require going to the emergency room for assessment or a visit to a physician, and to recommend appropriate self-care techniques.

Existing Ochsner patients can also contact their medical provider via MyOchsner, a secure online tool that allows patients to communicate with physicians, schedule online appointments, view lab and imaging results, request prescription refills and more. MyOchsner should be used only for non-urgent requests and questions.

Remember to wash your hands frequently and cover your mouth when sneezing and coughing to help limit spreading the virus to others.