Do Your Part – Get a Flu Shot
It's the doctor's orders – get your flu vaccine.
With the unpredictability of COVID-19 circulating at the same time as the flu, the best measure is to decrease the possible negative impacts on your respiratory system. The flu vaccine not only reduces your risk of illness but can prevent hospitalizations and deaths.
Schedule your flu shot now
Drive-Up Flu Shots
For the first time, we are offering a drive-up flu shot clinic!
- 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10
- UnityPoint Health – Prairie Parkway, 5100 Prairie Pkwy., Cedar Falls
- Appointments recommended; call (319) 222-2839 to schedule
- Drive-ups without an appointment accepted!
We also recommend appropriate clothing for the vaccine to be administered on the upper arm (adults) or thigh (children). We apologize for any inconvenience, but please leave pets at home.
Flu Shots at Urgent Care
Flu shots are also available at all five Urgent Care and Express locations in Cedar Falls, Waterloo and Waverly and can be processed by insurance, depending on coverage details. Patients can check-in online or walk-in – urgent care is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day.
Flu Shots at the Pharmacy
The Prairie Parkway Pharmacy and Allen Clinic Pharmacy offer flu shots as well. Learn more about these locations.
Find a Clinic
You can find a doctor online or use the map below to find a UnityPoint Clinic location near you. Call us and our staff will be happy to help.
When to Schedule Your Flu Shot
It's best to get your shot by the end of October. If you miss that deadline, you can still roll up your sleeve later in the season.
Almost everyone, six months and older, should get the immunization. The vaccine is safe and recommended for pregnant women. It is especially important for vulnerable populations, like older adults and those with pre-existing medical conditions – like cancer or diabetes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies a few rare exceptions for those who shouldn't get the vaccine, including people who are allergic to the flu vaccine or anything used to make it. If you have concerns, talk with your care team.
Do You Already Have Flu Symptoms?
A flu shot significantly lowers your chance of getting the flu, and if you are infected, symptoms are likely to be less severe if you've had the vaccine. If you do have symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, stuffy nose or body aches, we can help you feel better faster.
Dr. Claudia Vicetti is a pediatrician who specializes in treating viral and bacterial infections. She is here to answer questions and get children back to their normal activities.
Adults are encouraged to contact their primary care provider first – many have same-day appointments available. Urgent care is another option for convenient and timely care for flu-related illnesses.
If you're sick, we're here to offer safe care, your way until you're feeling better.
Check out our flu season resource page for additional information.
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