GLBR Retiree Flu Shots available

Saving lives is the point of prevention!

Be a flu fighter! Protect yourself and others from influenza. The health and wellbeing of you and your loved ones is important. Now, more than ever, it is encouraged that you get your flu vaccine.

Research continues to show that influenza immunity offered by the flu vaccine will either prevent the flu or decrease the severity and duration of flu-related illness. According to the American Heart Association, skipping the flu vaccine makes you six times more likely to experience a heart attack.

Flu vaccines will not prevent COVID-19, but fewer flu episodes will reduce the burden of flu illnesses on the health care system, and conserve needed medical resources in your community.

There are many types of flu vaccines available. Talk to your health care provider today!

Even healthy people can get the flu, and it can be very serious, especially for those 65 and over. There are regular flu vaccines approved for use in all age groups. According to the CDC, a high trivalent dose (Fluzone High Dose containing four times the antigen of standard-dose) and trivalent influenza shot with adjuvant* (Fluad) vaccine are licensed specifically for those 65 years and older. Talk to your health care provider about which vaccine is the best for you. If you do develop symptoms of the flu, you should seek early evaluation with your personal health care provider so you can be considered for antiviral therapy. For more information, click here.

Adjuvant is an added ingredient (MF59C.1 proprietary) to boost immune response to the vaccine.

There are many places to get your flu vaccine:

Flu vaccines are frequently covered at 100% for most private health plans and are given at many locations in the community (pharmacies, personal health care provider, etc.)

If you are covered under a Dow sponsored medical plan, simply show your health insurance card to receive your vaccine at no cost to you.


  • Dow Retirees who are covered under a Dow medical plan and NOT eligible for Medicare can schedule an appointment at the Dow Family Health Center for their vaccination. Please visit for more information on how and when you can obtain your flu vaccination.
  • Dow Retirees/Spouses NOT covered under a Dow medical plan, or who are Medicare Eligible can schedule their appointment for a flu vaccine by calling Dow Health Services at 636-2243. Please note, the High Dose and Adjuvanted flu vaccines are not available at this location.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, walk-in vaccinations cannot be accommodated by Dow Family Health Center or Dow Health Services.

What can I do to be a flu fighter?

  • Wash your hands often with soap & water for at least 20 seconds. If unavailable, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose & mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing to prevent spread to others.
  • Clean & disinfect surfaces regularly.
  • Avoid close contact especially with people who show signs of illness.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Encourage friends and family to get their flu vaccine.

Visit the CDC on more information on how to prevent the spread of the flu.