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Hi everyone, i got a flu shot today at Walgreens. I never had a flu shot in August, but I saw the sign and went in. There's no charge with insurance and no copay at Walgreens for a flu shot.
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@ihatediabetes– I'll be seeing my PCP in a week and will ask when he wants me to have mine. I have been having mine in November and don't want to have it too early. I hope that none of us is sick with the flu this year!
What other precautions will you take?
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@ihatediabetes.. Isn't it it a little too early for flu shots? Will this take us through the winter?
I just had my flu shot last Thursday at Hy-Vee in Rochester as they were offering 20 cents a gallon off on the Perks card that I use to gas up my car. Flu shot was also free for Medicare patients. I called my cataract surgeons office to make sure it was OK since I had one more day on the Prednisolone eye drops. I especially don't want to get the Flu this year.
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@mayofeb2020– I agree that it might be too early but supposedly we are supposed to get them earlier this year. CDC recommends September/October for this year. If you haven't gotten pneumonia shots then those ae advised also.
Perhaps this will help
We are recommended to get flu shots early this year. I’m getting mine in September, as recommended by my doctor.
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I am not a health care professional. I figured that the flu shot would be seasonal. I also wanted to get it as early as possible. Earlier in the pandemic I also got the pneumonia shot. The pharmacist got it approved by saying I had asthma. I like getting shots at the pharmacy. It's very fast and I can time it with picking up refills.
I just follow the Coronavirus precautions like washing my hands, social distancing, and wearing a mask around people. Those precautions good for flu, too.
@merpreb, Thx for these site links. I thought I was pretty checked out on the annual flu but hadn't realized there were antiviral meds available. Checked out this site from CDC on "approved" antivirals for flu: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/treatment/whatyoushould.htm
Also can't remember how long the pneumonia vacc. stays effective? Need to check with PCP for my last one.
@fiesty76– As you said, you have to check with your PCP for pneumonia shot dates, so please also ask about antivirals for the flu. I have never heard of them before. Are you thinking of getting yours early?
@astaingegerdm– You are right. It is recommended to get flu shots early this year. I just hope that they don't wane in their effectiveness too early.
@merpreb – I hope they got it right this year in anticipating the strains. I got flu A last spring -it wasn’t really covered in the shot that I got in October/November 2018.
@astaingegerdm — In the spring? Why then?
@merpreb – No, I didn’t get a shot then in the spring, I got the flu, fluA.
I was in the hospital, had pneumonia too, they treated me with antivirals too, to get rid of the flu.
Antivirals work best when given early in the flu illness.
@astaingegerdm– You must have been very ill with it. Do you know what the antiviral was?
@merpreb – I don’t just now remember the name of the antiviral, but I remember it was a common one for flu.
I was very ill- I was really out of it. Thankful that my daughter brought me. She is not shy! I was there 4 days or so. Before discharge day I knew I could not take care of myself! Then one day I knew I would be OK. The older I get, the more intensity to my body’s response!
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