It’s that time of the year…

17 Sep

… for flu shots! If you’ve decided to get your flu shot this year, you’re in good company. A growing number of businesses and organizations are offering flu shots this year. you don’t have to go to a doctor. Many pharmacies, big-box stores, and grocery stores have them available. You can even get vaccinated at some fairs, festivals, and other events.

Here are some prices at major chains:

  • Walmart – $24
  • Sam’s Club – $24
  • Costco – $20 (you don’t have to be a member)
  • Target – $24
  • Kroger – $25 (H1N1 vaccine is $10)
  • CVS – $20-25 (receive a 10% in-store savings pass with shot, also you can spend $30 on on Procter & Gamble products and get a free flu shot) )
  • Walgreens – $24.99-$30
  • Rite Aid – $24.99 (includes up to $100 in rite Aid savings)
  • Food Lion – $27 with MVP card

(prices are just a guide and may vary from each location)

Also, see if your workplace will give discounts on flu shots. Student IDs  might also get you a significant discount. College campuses and hospitals will sometimes have a set day where you can get your vaccine either free or really cheap, so be on the lookout.

Get your flu shot early. There are a limited number of vaccines at each location, and high-risk groups are given priority. Always remember to check your vaccination setting out. Ask if someone qualified, such as a nurse or pharmacist, will be giving the shot. Check if they’re offering an “all-in-one” shot which includes the H1N1 vaccine, or if they administer that one seperately. Once you choose your vaccine location, call ahead to see if they take walk-ins or if you need to schedule an appointment. After getting your vaccine, watch for any adverse reactions. You may have some flu-like symptoms or others, such as a sinus infection or a local reaction where the shot was given. If you have  an egg allergy, contact your doctor before getting vaccinated.

And always remember the easiest rule of fighting the flu — wash your hands!

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One Response to “It’s that time of the year…”

  1. Tammy September 20, 2010 at 8:52 PM #

    My husband gets a flu shot each year. I don’t have my son get one or my daughter. I’ve discussed with my son’s doctor if he should get one, and he said he didn’t think it was a good idea. This has been awhile back. I need to check with him again to see if he still thinks it’s not a good idea. My daughter seems to do fine each year without one.

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