Sources: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, TotalWellness and Target.

    • Who is eligible for free Shoo The Flu vaccinations?

      Any child, ages 4 through 18, in the San Francisco Bay Area can receive a free flu shot with parental or guardian consent.
    • Do children need proof of age or residency in the San Francisco Bay Area to receive the flu shot?

      No. While the program’s goal is to vaccinate every child in the San Francisco Bay Area, proof of residency is not required, and no child will be turned away because of age.
    • How do I receive a free flu vaccination for my child?

      Just show up at one of the designated Target store locations during Target Pharmacy® hours and fill out a consent form, or save yourself some time and print the consent form here before you go.
    • Why does the consent form have health-related questions?

      Your responses will help Target Pharmacy® staff determine if your child should not receive the flu vaccine – for example, if he or she has a fever, egg allergy or other health condition. Read more about who should and should not be vaccinated.
    • What does a child need to bring to receive a flu shot?

      A parent or legal guardian must accompany every child. They do not need to bring anything, but the parent or legal guardian will need to sign a form authorizing Target Pharmacy® staff to administer the vaccination. You can download and print the form, or sign one at the Target Pharmacy®.
    • Where are the vaccinations administered?

      The shots are available at more than 45 Target Pharmacy® locations in the San Francisco Bay Area.
    • What form of the flu vaccination is available through the Shoo The Flu program?

      Only the flu shot is being administered. The nasal mist formula will not be available.
    • Why do some children get two shots?

      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children younger than 9 years of age who have not been vaccinated previously should receive two doses of vaccine the first year they get vaccinated. In subsequent years, they need only one dose. This recommendation was made because many children under 9 have not been infected with influenza viruses previously, and a booster dose is needed for them to produce a protective immune response. For those children needing two shots, the second shot will also be provided at no charge.
    • Why does Shoo The Flu end on Jan. 31, 2012?

      While flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, flu activity generally peaks in January or February. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention established National Influenza Vaccination Week to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination. Shoo The Flu aims to raise awareness that it’s not too late to vaccinate every child in the Bay Area.
    • How did Shoo the Flu start?

      The Bay Area Shoo The Flu initiative was born when Larry and Lucy Page made a commitment to improving the health of the community. They believe vaccinating children will not only improve children’s health, it will also dramatically reduce the risk of the flu spreading to adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has designated December 2–8 as National Influenza Vaccination Week to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination throughout the flu season. Shoo The Flu hopes to support the CDC in raising awareness that the peak of flu season is in January or February so it is not too late to vaccinate every child in the Bay Area.
    • What is seasonal flu?

      Influenza is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious complications, hospitalization or even death.
    • What are the symptoms of flu?

      Symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. Some people with the flu will not have a fever.
    • How many people in the United States die each year from the flu?

      Over a period of 31 seasons between 1976 and 2007, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of approximately 49,000 people.
    • How does flu spread?

      Flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose. And if you have a child who gets the flu, that means every surface in your house is a flu minefield.
    • When are you contagious with the flu?

      Most healthy adults may be able to infect others a day before symptoms develop and up to seven days after becoming sick. Children are often called “super spreaders” because they may pass on the virus to others for longer than seven days. Because symptoms start one to four days after the virus enters the body, you may be able to pass the flu to others before you even realize you’re sick, as well as while you’re experiencing symptoms. Some people can be infected but have no symptoms. During this time, they may still spread the virus.
    • Who should get an annual flu shot?

      Every person six months old and older, especially those at high risk for influenza-related complications.
    • Who is considered at a high risk for flu-related complications?

      Pregnant women, children younger than 5 (but especially children younger than 2), adults 65 years old and older and people with certain chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease and asthma. Read the complete list of people at high risk for flu-related complications from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    • Should everyone get the flu shot?

      Not necessarily. People who’ve had severe allergic reactions to eggs and who are sick with a fever, for example, should not get a flu shot. For more details on who shouldn’t get a shot, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
    • How do flu vaccines work?

      Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection from the viruses contained in the vaccine.
    • Does flu vaccine work right away?

      No. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against infection.
    • Can I get seasonal flu even though I got a flu vaccine this year?

      Yes. The ability of flu vaccine to protect a person depends on two things: (1) the age and health status of the person being vaccinated, and (2) the similarity or “match” between the virus strains in the vaccine and those circulating in the community.
    • What are the possible side effects?

      The viruses in the flu shot are killed, so you cannot get the flu from a flu shot. Some potential minor side effects include fever and body aches as well as soreness, redness, or swelling at the injection site.
    • How can I get involved?

      Spread the message, not the flu. To make Shoo The Flu successful, we need everyone to share the news that free flu shots are available. We’ve made it easy and fun:

      • +1″ us on Google and share word about the program.
      • “Like” our Facebook page and share our posts and updates daily.
      • Email your friends and family, local nonprofits benefiting children and youth and local daycares and schools.