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The best places for getting the flu vaccine

Posted Feb 24th, 2012 by Patient Assistance Team

Just a few years ago, in order to get the seasonal flu vaccine, you had to make an appointment with your medical provider or to your local health clinic. But now, thanks to the accessibility of the vaccine and the increasing evidence that suggests just how important getting a flu vaccine can be, you can receive the immunization at a number of locations.

Today, neighborhood chain pharmacies offer the flu vaccine on a walk-in basis throughout the entire flu season. You don’t have to be a regular customer of these pharmacies in order to receive the vaccine. The advantages of locations are their flexible hours and the fact that you don’t need an appointment to receive a vaccine. You just simply show up, show them your insurance card, if you have one and receive your vaccination from one of their pharmacists.

In addition to pharmacies, doctor’s offices, medical clinics and county health departments all offer the flu vaccine. It is important to call them before going there as many of them may require you make an appointment or only offer the vaccine during limited hours.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that people get their seasonal flu vaccine as soon as vaccine becomes available in their community. Usually this is around October. The CDC continues to encourage people to get vaccinated throughout the flu season, which can begin as early as October and last as late as May.