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Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I get any other vaccines when I get my flu shot?
Yes, our pharmacists can administer many vaccinations such as Shingles, Pneumonia, Hepatitis, HPV, Meningitis, Tetanus, MMR, and more.* If you’re not sure what you need, ask our pharmacist for a free immunization screening. *Available vaccinations vary by location and are subject to state law restrictions.
Can the flu shot can give me the flu?
No, you can’t get the flu from the flu shot. The injectable vaccine is made either from killed viruses that can’t cause the flu or without flu viruses altogether. People who get sick after receiving a flu shot were going to get sick anyway. It takes about two weeks for a flu shot to be effective.
Do flu shots work?
Vaccine effectiveness can vary. However, recent studies show that the flu vaccine significantly reduces the risk of flu when most circulating flu viruses are like the vaccine viruses. Even when there’s not a good strain match, the vaccination can still help offer some protection such as a milder case of the flu.
Do I need a flu shot if I received one last year or earlier?
Strains of flu viruses typically change each year, so there is a new flu shot each year. It is important to make sure you have immunity to the strains most likely to cause an outbreak. Even if you got a flu shot last year, you should still get one this year.
Do I need a flu shot even if I’m healthy?
Even healthy people can get and spread the flu. The flu can cause serious health problems, especially for those who already have a chronic illness or are too young to be vaccinated. If you catch and spread the flu to someone, it can cause a potentially life-threatening health problem, especially in those at high risk for complications.
Do your pharmacies currently have enhanced safety procedures?
Yes, our pharmacists are working to keep you safe with many enhanced safety and cleaning procedures, including:
- Patient screening for COVID-19 symptoms prior to providing immunizations.
- Online Consent & Release Form to streamline vaccine processing and reduce the number of patients in the waiting area of our pharmacy. Our pharmacists will text you when your immunization is ready.
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) for all pharmacy associates, including face shields.
- Hand hygiene practiced before and after immunizations, including changing gloves between patients.
- Monitoring of COVID transmission and prevalence in the local area to adapt PPE requirements if necessary.
- Maintaining social distancing throughout the immunization process.
How can I avoid getting the flu?
1. Get a flu shot!
2. Avoid close contact.
3. Stay home when you are sick.
4. Cover your mouth and nose.
5. Wash your hands often.
6. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
7. Stay healthy by getting plenty of sleep, eating a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, drinking fluids, managing your stress level, and disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces.