We offer both the 65+ (Senior Dose - FLUAD) and 3-64 Year Old (Standard Dose - FLUCELVAX).
SCHEDULE A FLU VACCINE APPOINTMENT
Dr. Mak will be dressed up in costume to give vaccines! (Sorry Adults, Kids Only)
SKIP THE FLU WITH SUPERMAN
Who Should Get a Flu Shot?
Flu peak season is typically between October and May. Most people start getting their vaccines in September. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older* receive a flu vaccination. SKIPPACK PHARMACY will be administering flu vaccines to those 3+ and will have both regular dose (3-64 Year Old FLUCELVAX) & senior dose (65+ FLUAD) flu vaccines available. The flu can cause serious health complications for infants, older adults, those with weakened immune systems, those with cardiac and/or pulmonary disease, and pregnant women.
Why get a Flu Shot?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highly recommends getting your flu shot this fall to reduce your risk from serious illnesses from flu, including hospitalization.
There are many reasons to get an influenza (flu) vaccine each year. Flu vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against flu and its potentially serious complications.
- During seasons when flu vaccine viruses are similar to circulating flu viruses, flu vaccine has been shown to reduce the risk of having to go to the doctor with flu by 40 percent to 60 percent.
- Flu vaccination has been shown in several studies to reduce severity of illness in people who get vaccinated but still get sick.
- Flu vaccination prevents tens of thousands of hospitalizations each year. For example, during 2019-2020 flu vaccination prevented an estimated 105,000 flu-related hospitalizations.
- Flu vaccination is an important preventive tool for people with certain chronic health conditions.
- Vaccination reduces the risk of flu-associated acute respiratory infection in pregnant people by about one-half.
- Flu vaccine can be lifesaving in children.
- Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.
What are the Symptoms of the Flu?
Common symptoms include: muscle aches, fever with chills, sore throat, cough, fatigue, headache, runny or stuffy nose. Additional symptoms may include burning sensation in the chest, and eye pain, sensitivity to light, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. Someone who may have flu may present with one or more of the above symptoms or none at all but the best way to protect yourself is by getting the flu vaccine.
Since many of the symptoms of the flu overlap the symptoms of COVID-19, it is best to receive both vaccines.
How Does the Flu Spread?
The flu is spread through small particles (called droplets) in the air from the respiratory tract of an infected person. This can be done through talking, sneezing, or coughing. Flu can also be spread through indirect contact by touching contaminated surfaces and touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
When is a Person Considered Contagious?
Persons can be contagious up to 1 day before symptoms begin and up to 7 days after symptoms become present. The average person becomes symptomatic 2 days following exposure.
What are Some of the Possible Complications of the Flu?
The most commonly reported complications include bacterial pneumonia, sinus and ear infections, worsening of underlying health conditions, hospitalization and death. Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart), encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), and myositis (inflammation of the brain) have also been reported.
Who Should Not Get the Flu Vaccine?
Children younger than 6 months of age are too young to get a flu shot. People with severe, life-threatening allergies to any ingredient in a flu vaccine (other than egg proteins).
If you have a history of GBS (Guillain-Barre Syndrome) or had a severe allergic reaction to a previous dose of influenza vaccine, please consult your healthcare provider prior to getting the vaccine.
If you are actively sick and have a fever or test positive for COVID-19 or the flu, you should hold off on receiving the vaccine until you asymptomatic and test negative for COVID-19.
Can I Get the Flu & COVID-19 Vaccine at the Same Time?
Yes, you can receive the flu and COVID-19 vaccination during the same visit. CDC has confirmed the safety of administering both vaccines for adults and children 5 and up at the same visit, but at different injection sites.