We are proud to once again provide flu shots for our patients here at Akers Pharmacy! No appointment is needed for a flu shot. Drop by any time we are open to get protected for flu season!
Flu shots are recommended to help protect you and your loved ones! We make it easy to get your free* flu shot and be prepared for flu season!
*No cost to you with most insurance. Vaccines subject to availability.
Your flu shot may be free with medical insurance or Medicare coverage. There is no copayment unless required by your plan. We also accept cash, checks and credit cards for flu shot costs.
It takes up to two weeks for antibodies to develop after getting a flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that individuals make plans to get vaccinated early in the fall, before flu season begins, and ideally by the end of October. However, even if you are not able to get vaccinated until November or later, a vaccination is still recommended because flu most commonly peaks between December and February and significant activity can continue into May.
See the CDC website for more information.
The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccination for anyone 6 months of age and older, and our pharmacies are able to vaccinate patients as young as 3 years old.
Yes. According to the CDC, children may receive the seasonal flu vaccine at the same time they are receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. There is no need to stagger vaccinations. Additionally, if a child has already received a flu shot, they can receive their COVID-19 vaccine at any time. We are awaiting CDC guidance for the coadministration of the flu and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 4 and under.
Some people should talk with a doctor first before getting a flu shot. Some examples would include:
You might have some minor side effects after getting a flu shot, with symptoms including but not limited to:
Side effects are normally mild and short lasting. Questions? Contact your health care provider or ask your pharmacist.
Flu vaccine effectiveness can vary. Some people get the flu even after being vaccinated. Typically, when that happens, the severity of the illness is reduced, according to several studies.
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While the flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, it can reduce the risk of illness, hospitalization and death due to the potentially severe complications that may occur when someone has the flu.
This season, it is likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both be circulating at the same time. So it is more important than ever to get a flu vaccine in order to reduce risk from the flu and reduce the burden on our health care system.
Yes, the CDC has confirmed that patients can get any of the currently authorized COVID‐19 vaccines at the same time as the flu vaccine.
No, there is no impact on the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine if you also receive a flu vaccine because they are designed to individually help tackle their respective viruses when exposed.
You should not receive any vaccines if you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19 until you are able to discontinue isolation, regardless of whether or not you have symptoms. If you are unsure of when you are able to discontinue isolation, contact your primary care provider.
Typically, it would be fine to receive a vaccine if you have a mild illness, like a sinus infection. However, patients should postpone vaccinations until symptoms have resolved, even if they received a negative test.
Because influenza viruses are always changing, the flu vaccine composition is reviewed and updated annually.
This year we offer standard Quadrivalent flu vaccine as well as senior-dose vaccines for adults ages 65 and older.
Manufacturers create over 156 million flu vaccine doses per season and distribute them across the United States. Manufacturers send the same vaccine to pharmacies and other vaccine providers (including your doctor's office). Speak with Ron, Sara, Glenda or David for more information.