It’s Almost Flu Season – Time to Get Vaccinated!

Roni Shye
Roni Shye, PharmD BCGP BCACP, is a licensed pharmacist in the states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
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Kids are back in school, the weather is cooling down—fall is here. Unfortunately, along with the great parts of the season (like pumpkin-flavored everything and football) comes everyone’s least favorite part: germs.

There is no better time than right now to protect yourself and your loved ones from this season’s flu virus. Many local pharmacies already have this year’s flu vaccinations in stock, so keep an eye out!

Isn’t it too early for a flu shot?
NO! Flu season usually peaks in the US in the colder months of December or January, but it can begin as early as October.

How long does it take for the flu shot to start to work?

It take up to 2 weeks for the vaccination to fully protect you against the flu. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting the vaccinated as soon as it becomes available, or at least by the month of October.

How long will my flu shot last?

In most healthy individuals the flu shot should last you the entire flu season.

However, this can be different from person to person due to the variation in the amount of flu antibodies we each produce from the vaccination.

Do I have choices for how to get the flu vaccine?

Yes! The flu vaccine is available in the following forms:

Most pharmacies stock the intramuscular injection, which also comes in a few variations:

Where can I get a flu shot?

First, most local pharmacies have convenient, no appointment needed, walk-up service for the flu shot. They aren’t your only option though—some other places that may offer flu vaccinations for the 2014-2015 season include:

Need help locating where to get your flu vaccination this year?

Check out HealthMap Vaccine Finder! If you need a special vaccine (high dose, nasal spray, etc), you can search to see which pharmacies or other locations in your area can help.

Where can I find more information about the 2014 – 2015 flu vaccine?

When you’re vaccinated, you should receive a Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) from the CDC. In case you’d like to take a look beforehand, you can also find this year’s VIS here.

How much will the flu shot cost?

The typical out-of-pocket cost for an intramuscular flu shot can range from around $25 to $75 depending which strength is selected.

What can I do to save on a flu shot?

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