Flu Clinic FAQs

Is there a cost to get a flu shot at the Office of Public Health (OPH) community sites?
No.

What ages can be vaccinated at the OPH community sites?
 Ages 6 months and older

Do you have to live in Montgomery County to be eligible to get the flu shot at a community site? You may live, work, or go to school in Montgomery County in order to receive a flu shot at our community sites. 

Are appointments required?
Appointments are required for all locations. Only individuals with appointments who have submitted their online registration forms for the selected clinic will receive a flu shot.

How do I make an appointment?
Go to www.montcopa.org/flu and click on the button next to the location you'd like to attend or call 610-278-5145 and speak to someone who can help you register.

When does registration for the Thursday walk-up clinics close?
Registration for Thursday walk-up clinics will close on the Wednesday prior to the clinic to allow staff preparation time. Registration will re-open on Friday at approximately 8:45 AM.

Is there any paperwork to complete?
All paperwork/forms will be submitted online. You do not need to print any paperwork.

Why are you asking for my insurance information?
If you have health insurance that covers flu vaccinations, the Office of Public Health may seek reimbursement from your insurance provider for this service. Please be assured there will be no co-pay or cost to you, even if a claim is deniedIf you receive a bill, please call 610-278-5145.

I have 5 people coming for flu shots. How does that work?
Each person getting a flu shot will need their own appointment.

When I made an appointment for myself and my family, the appointment times varied. Can we all come at the same time?
Yes, please arrive within the time frame of the appointments assigned.

I need to cancel my appointment. What do I do?
Please cancel your appointment in your Solv account or call 610-278-5145.

How should I prepare for arrival at the appointment?
Please wear a short-sleeved shirt and coats off prior to seeing the nurse. 

Do I need to wear a mask to attend an OPH Flu Clinic?
Yes, although masks should NOT be worn by children under age 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

I’m going to a drive-thru location:

            Do I stay in my car? Yes, all passengers will need to remain in their car. 

            Does my child stay in their car seat? Yes, all children in car seats need to stay secured at all times.

None of the dates work me for me, where else can I go to get a flu shot?
Please visit www.montcopa.org/flu and scroll to the section that says “Locations That Offer Flu Shots” for additional locations in Montgomery County and the surrounding area offering flu vaccine.

Can pregnant women get the influenza vaccine?
Yes. In fact, this is one of two vaccines that pregnant women are urged to get during pregnancy; the other is Tdap. Because pregnant women are more likely to experience complications and hospitalization as a result of infection with influenza, it is important for them to be immunized. In addition, studies have shown that babies of women who were immunized with influenza vaccine during pregnancy are less likely to be infected with influenza during the first six months of life, before they are old enough to be vaccinated.

Will the High Dose Flu vaccine be available at OPH’s Drive-Thru and Walk-up clinics for seniors? 
OPH plans to have this vaccine available to our seniors at both the walk-up and drive-thru flu clinics. This vaccine is indicated for those aged 65 and older, although this is dependent upon vaccine availability. 

Can I get a flu shot if I’m allergic to eggs?
Yes. The recommendations for influenza vaccination for people with an egg allergy have been modified. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) states that persons who report having had reactions to egg, may receive any licensed and recommended age-appropriate influenza vaccine. 

OPH will follow these guidelines concerning egg allergy at their flu clinics:
Persons with a history of egg allergy who have experienced only hives after exposure to egg may receive any licensed and recommended age-appropriate influenza vaccine.  

  • Persons who are aged 18 years or older and state they have a severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) to eggs will receive Flublok, which is considered to be an egg-free flu vaccine. 
  • Persons who are under 18 years of age and state they have a severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) to egg should not attend an OPH flu clinic and are recommended to receive their flu shot with their allergist or health care provider. People who have a history of severe egg allergy (those who have had any symptoms other than hives after exposure to egg) should be vaccinated in a medical setting, supervised by a health care provider who is able to recognize and manage severe allergic reactions.

COVID-19

If you experience symptoms* of COVID-19 within 48 hours of your appointment or have been in close physical contact with a person who is known to have COVID-19, or you are isolating or quarantining because you may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19, you should not attend a Montgomery County Office of Public Health Influenza Vaccination (Flu shot) Clinic. This is for your safety and the safety of our staff and clients. 

*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.