In September every year, the CDC sends out flu vaccines to numerous different places, so you have multiple places to go and get your vaccine. You should call the place you intend to get the flu vaccine to make sure the supply arrived and is in stock.
Professionals begin to give flu vaccines as early as September and then on through the winter months from September through March. Please keep in mind that it takes two weeks for the vaccine to circulate in your bloodstream to protect you from the flu virus circulating that year.
Good Reasons to Get Vaccinated
There are many reasons to get your flu vaccine and few reasons why you should not be vaccinated. The flu virus puts more than 200,000 people in the hospital every year, and these people develop serious complications from the flu virus.
Over the last several years there are at least 50,000 individuals who die from the flu virus or complications from the virus, such as pneumonia.
Since the flu attacks your lungs, it is a good idea to be vaccinated. If you have an impaired respiratory systems as seen in COPD, asthma, chronic bronchitis, chronic pneumonia, are a smoker, have an immunology deficit, or more you are at higher risk for complications if you get the virus.
Young children and senior citizens are at high risk for complications from getting the flu. The flu vaccine protects you against these serious complications.
Contrary to some opinions you cannot get the flu from your flu vaccine. The flu vaccine is available at locations by injection in your upper arm, via a spray in your nasal passage, or orally. This year’s flu vaccine for 2017 is not available internally.
No Flu for You
When you go to the flu vaccination location of your choice you assure yourself you will not,
- Lose time from work
- Lose income
- Use up all your sick days
- Must use your personal time available
- You must use your vacation
- Increase your health care costs for possible hospitalization, medicine, and doctor visits
- You feel crappy for about two weeks
Each state across the United States offers a variety of places to get your flu vaccine. All states do not provide the same business chains as other states.
Access the Internet to see what places in your city offer the flu vaccine. You can use the Internet to find out which sites offer free flu vaccinations.
As an example, if you are a resident of Michigan any food store with a pharmacy or any stand-alone pharmacy administers the flu vaccine.
You can also go to your city’s, local hospital, any medical walk-in clinic, doctor’s office, Health Department, or employer.
Questions to Ask
When you locate a flu vaccination site ask the following questions.
- What days and hours do you give the flu vaccination?
- Do you give youngsters the flu vaccine?
- How much is the vaccine?
- Do you bill my insurance company?
- Do you bill Medicare?
- What is this vaccine going to cost me out-of-pocket?
- Do I have to make an appointment or can I just walk-in for my vaccination?
- Is this vaccination going to give me the flu?
- Can I get my vaccination if I have an infection?
- Do you administer both the Nasal and injection form?
- (Nasal vaccine is not available during the 2017 flu season)
Some places do not charge over $30.00 for a flu shot, and most locations are free.
Getting the flu vaccine has many benefits, and there are few, if any, reasons why you should not protect yourself during this fast approaching flu season.