Are You Vaccinated?

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By Keiro Staff: Mei Kameda

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … for influenza to kick back in this season. As you walk through your neighborhood, go to work, take your children or grandchildren to school, do you notice the sneezing, the coughing, and sniffles around you? Why did I mention that? Because I am currently sniffling as I am typing this blog post.

Influenza, commonly known as “the flu,” is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. This can cause mild to severe illness, resulting in hospitalization or even death. Some people are especially at high risk of getting a severe flu inflection, including older adults, young children, and those with serious health conditions.1

What is the best way to prevent getting the flu?

GETTING VACCINATED!

 

Previously, my colleague and friend, Heather wrote a fabulous blog post about why you should get a flu shot, which got me out of the chair to get my flu vaccine.

 

Today I will give you a list of places you can go to get your flu shot!

  • Hospitals/Clinics – if you volunteer or work at a health care facility/clinic, there is a chance that you will have the opportunity to get your flu shot there.
  • Rite Aid – Go to your local Rite Aid pharmacy between 11/29 – 12/12 to save $5 on your flu shot! (If you have Medicare Part B, your flu shot is covered!)
  • CVS Pharmacy – You can find the closest pharmacy or MinuteClinic to get your flu shot by calling your local CVS or taking a look at their website here. You will also receive a 20% off Shopping Pass when you get a flu shot if you are a CVS ExtraCare member. (No cost with most insurance including Medicare Part B)
  • Walgreens – Walgreensis hosting a campaign called “Get a Shot, Give a Shot” with the United Nations Foundation to help provide lifesaving vaccines to children in developing countries. Once you GET a flu shot at Walgreens, you will be able to GIVE a shot to individuals who are in need.

**Before getting your flu shot, check if it’s covered by your insurance, how much is covered, how much you are paying, etc.

 

Another helpful website is called Health Map Vaccine Finder.

This website will allow you to enter an address or zip code, choose the vaccine of your preference, and it will give you a list of locations where you can get the specific vaccine.

 

Please remember that before you get your flu shot, ask your health care provider if you have any questions or concerns.

 

 

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About the Author: 

IMG_6184Mei Kameda is the Program Coordinator at Keiro. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Science (option in Community Health Education) and a minor in Communication Studies. In her spare time, Mei enjoys going on runs, baking, and volunteering which are a few of the many activities that allow her to live her life on purpose.

 

The material presented on this site is for informational purposes only and does not necessarily represent the opinions of Keiro, or its contributors. Readers should consult appropriate health, legal, or financial professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.  Full disclaimer

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