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Infection Prevention & Management 09 Oct 2023

Flu (Influenza) Vaccine

​Get your flu vaccine today

Book your flu vaccine today

This flu season, protect yourself and those around you by getting your flu vaccination.

The flu virus spreads easily – a cough or sneeze can travel at least 2 meters and infect others around you. It can be up to 4 days before you notice any symptoms of flu, however, you are contagious before this stage and can easily pass it onto others without knowing.

How to book your flu vaccination at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi:

Please call our Contact Center on 800 8 2223, to schedule your appointment.

Alternatively, download our Patient Portal mobile app here.

Walk-in appointments are also available, please visit Primary Care Clinic on level P1.

  • Timings: Monday to Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm (Friday break for prayer time between 12:00pm - 2:00pm).

Please bring your Emirates ID and insurance details to your flu shot appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Flu Vaccine

Who should get the flu vaccine?

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is offering the flu vaccine to everyone over the age of 3. The flu vaccine is a single shot, but for children under the age of 9 who have not previously received a flu vaccine, 2 doses are recommended.

Those most at risk from flu are:

  • Adults aged 50 years and above
  • Children under 5 years
  • Pregnant women
  • Healthcare workers
  • School-aged children (5 - 18 years)
  • Close contacts of influenza positive cases
  • Hajj and Umrah pilgrims
  • Smokers
  • Immunocompromised patients
  • People with health conditions including:
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic cardiovascular disease (excluding hypertension)
  • Chronic lung disease (including asthma)
  • Chronic alcoholism
  • Asplenia (including elective splenectomy and persistent complement component deficiencies)
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Kidney failure, end stage renal disease, and recipients of hemodialysis
  • Extreme obesity (BMI of 40 or more)

Do I need to have the flu vaccine every year?

The flu virus strains tend to change frequently so it is important to get your vaccination every year. A new flu vaccine is developed annually to protect against the flu strains that are predicted to cause the worst illnesses.

Taking your flu shot boosts your immunity against these strains of flu, and can help you avoid serious, long-lasting illness if you do catch the virus. It also helps prevent serious flu complications like pneumonia, bronchitis, and ear or sinus infections.

When should I receive the flu vaccine?

Cases of flu increase during the winter months. To maximize protection, you should have the flu vaccine in early autumn. The shot will protect you for a minimum of 6 months – enough to last the flu season.

Is it safe to get the flu vaccine if I have already received 2 (or 3) doses of the COVID vaccine?

Yes, it is safe to have the flu shot if you have already received COVID vaccine doses, including a booster.

How long should I wait between my COVID vaccine and the flu vaccine?

You must wait 2 weeks from the date of your last COVID vaccine dose (or any other vaccine) until you can receive the flu shot. You will also need to wait 2 weeks from the date of your flu shot before you can receive any other vaccine.

Concerned about getting the flu vaccine?

Read our blog, Your Flu Vaccine Questions Answered, to find out why getting your flu shot is so important.

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