Save a Life. Get a Flu Shot.

It is now more important than ever for Alliance members to get a flu shot. The flu shot can help protect you from serious illness, hospitalization or even death. You may also save the life of someone you love because you will help stop the spread of the flu.


During the COVID-19 pandemic, you can protect yourself and your family against the flu. This will give you one less respiratory virus to worry about. Don’t take chances – get a flu shot today!


Flu Shot Facts


Who should get a flu shot?

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone six months and older get the flu shot, unless their doctor recommends otherwise.


Alliance members can get a flu shot at no cost. Be sure to bring your Alliance ID card with you when you go get your shot.



Questions? Call our Member Services Department Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: (800) 700-3874. TTY: Dial 711


Where to get the flu shot

The Alliance urges members to contact their doctor first to schedule a flu shot.


If your doctor does not have the flu shot available, you can contact your local public health department. They will have information on public health department clinics and health centers that provide the flu shot. Please click on the link below for more information about your local public health department.


Click here for: Merced County


Note: This website is available in English, Spanish, and Hmong. Please select your language in the box at the bottom right.


Click here for: Monterey County


Note: This website is available in English, Spanish, and Hmong. Please select your language in the box at the top right.


Click here for: Santa Cruz County


Note: This website is only available in English and Spanish. Please check your language in the box at the top right.


Alliance members that are 19 years and older, also have the choice of going to a pharmacy to get the flu shot. Members under the age of 19 must receive the flu shot from their doctor’s office.


Frequently Asked Questions


What’s the difference between COVID-19 and the flu?

COVID-19 and the flu are both a respiratory illness that can be spread, but they are each caused by a different virus. Although they can have similar symptoms, there are some differences:


  • Symptoms for COVID-19 can take longer to appear than for the flu.
  • People with COVID-19 may spread the virus for a longer period of time than those with the flu.
  • You can have COVID-19 and the flu at the same time.

One big difference is that there is a safe and effective vaccine for the flu: the flu shot. As of right now, there is no COVID-19 vaccine. If you get sick, having the flu shot can help your doctor decide if you have COVID-19 or the flu. This will help them know how to best take care of you.


What are the benefits of the flu shot?

The flu can be a life-threating illness. By getting a flu shot, you can:


  • Help protect yourself from getting sick.
  • Help protect others from getting sick.
  • Help reduce your chances of having to go to the hospital if you are sick from the flu.
  • Help stop the spread and protect groups that are at a higher risk such as babies, young children, older adults and people with chronic conditions.

If you have COVID-19, getting another respiratory illness like the flu, can make it worse. You can lower your risk of a severe COVID-19 outcome by getting the flu shot.


Getting the flu shot can help save emergency, hospital, doctor and nurse resources for those with COVID-19. Do your part to help reduce the strain on your community’s resources and health care system by getting a flu shot.


How are doctors’ offices protecting patients during visits?

Many doctors’ offices have made changes to their clinic to protect you from COVID-19, such as:


  • Limited seating in waiting areas.
  • Special office hours for sick and healthy patients.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting between appointments.

Before your visit, please ask your doctor’s office about any new rules to help keep you safe.


Is there anything else I should ask my doctor during my visit?

Yes! Ask your doctor if you or your child need other vaccines or check-ups and when they are due. It is important to keep up with all the recommended vaccines and well-check visits to keep you and your child on track to staying healthy.


Vaccine Information


Learn more about vaccines

For the CDC’s childhood vaccine schedule, click here: Childhood vaccine schedule


For the CDC’s adult vaccine schedule, click here: Adult vaccine schedule


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Learn what medical experts are saying about getting the flu shot, vaccines and check-ups. See below for radio interviews and newspaper articles written by an Alliance medical director.


Radio interviews:



Note: These interviews are only available in English and Spanish.


Click here to read an article that was written in the Merced County Times newspaper: Preventative care is more important now, than it was before coronavirus pandemic


Note: This article is only available in English.


Click here to read an article that was written in the Salinas Californian newspaper: Top 5 reasons it’s important to take your child to pediatrician. Even during COVID


Note: This article is only available in English.


Click here to read an article that was written in the Merced Sun-Star newspaper: Being up-to-date with immunizations is important for Merced County children


Note: This article is only available in English.


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