Flu shots are available

Posted by ihatediabetes @ihatediabetes, Aug 30 12:05am

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.

@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?

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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

@ihatediabetes.. Isn't it it a little too early for flu shots? Will this take us through the winter?

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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
https://www.vaccinateyourfamily.org/vaccines-diseases/current-flu-season/
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/highrisk/65over.htm

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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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@mayofeb2020

@ihatediabetes.. Isn't it it a little too early for flu shots? Will this take us through the winter?

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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.

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@merpreb

@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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I just follow the Coronavirus precautions like washing my hands, social distancing, and wearing a mask around people. Those precautions good for flu, too.

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@merpreb

@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
https://www.vaccinateyourfamily.org/vaccines-diseases/current-flu-season/
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/highrisk/65over.htm

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@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.

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@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?

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@astaingegerdm

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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@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.

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@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.

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@astaingegerdm

@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.

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@astaingegerdm — In the spring? Why then?

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@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.

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@astaingegerdm– You must have been very ill with it. Do you know what the antiviral was?

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@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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