The GoodRx Pharmacist - December 02, 2015
As the end of the year gets closer, you may have already caught a cold or another bug from work or school—but you’ll want to be extra careful to protect yourself from the flu. Flu season can begin as early as October, but it tends to peak at this time of year—from December to February.
To keep yourself from getting sick, it’s best to get the flu vaccine as early as possible, but as long as the flu virus is circulating, it isn’t too late. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - September 28, 2015
Flu season is officially underway, and it’s time to get vaccinated if you haven’t already. You need to know where to go to get your flu shot, and—more importantly—how to make sure you don’t overpay. Did you know that flu shots can cost anywhere from $0 (yes, free) to $50 or more?
The importance of getting a flu shot can’t be overstated, especially for those who are at a higher risk like young children, pregnant women, older adults, and the immunocompromised or disabled. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - September 08, 2015
Get those lunches made and set the alarm clocks; school’s back in session.
Parents know that a new school year means new clothes, new books, maybe a new backpack—and perhaps a new set of prescriptions. As a pharmacist, I know the school year has started when frustrated parents show up at my store with lots of questions.
The good news is that I can help! Here are 5 helpful solutions for common back-to-school medication issues. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - November 21, 2014
It’s been a quiet influenza season so far—very quiet. It’s November and Los Angeles, for example, has seen almost no flu activity. This is good but failing to prepare may mean preparing to fail so though we are inundated with info about the flu, here are 10 flu facts you may not know:
- During the month of October, there has been almost no flu activity in Los Angeles County (LAC) and across the country. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - October 01, 2014
The flu can change from year to year—and to keep up, the flu vaccine must be tweaked every flu season. Fortunately, this also means that each year more tools become available to fight the flu. This year, there are more types of flu vaccine to choose from, and healthcare providers such as pharmacists and pharmacy interns (in some states) can administer your vaccine, making it easier than ever to keep you healthy. See More
Elizabeth Davis - September 16, 2014
It’s time to get your flu shot!
Fortunately, there are many places to get vaccinated and no matter how you feel about shots, it should be relatively painless for your wallet. Here are some options to help you find a convenient and low-cost flu shot.
Pharmacists can administer the flu vaccine and advise you on which shot might work best for you. Most pharmacies accept walk-ins for flu shots so you won’t need an appointment, and most will accept insurance or Medicare. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - September 10, 2014
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. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - September 13, 2013
Flu season is around the corner. Influenza viruses cause the flu, and infection is spread through respiratory routes. Here is what you need to know in preparation.
• Sudden onset (symptoms start and worsen over several hours)
• Persistent fever
• Muscle aches
• Fatigue, general malaise
• Nausea or vomiting
• Chills, shakes, and sweating
The flu is also contagious, with adults capable of spreading the virus up to 7 days following onset of symptoms, and children for up to 10 days. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - August 23, 2013
Four is better than three right? The new flu vaccine, approved this week by the FDA, will cover four strains of the flu virus instead of three. The new quadrivalent vaccine, FluLaval Quadrivalent, is the second flu vaccine available that covers four strains.
Four primary influenza strains circulate each year causing the majority of influenza illness, but the influenza vaccines used for the past thirty years only covered three strains. See More