Getting your flu shot at Better Health Pharmacy is easy whether you want to schedule ahead or walk-in. Our team has years of experience administering vaccines and we are here to answer any questions you may have.
The flu shot may be free with most medical insurance or Medicare Part B plans. For uninsured patients, we offer the flu vaccine for a competitive cash price (in-store only).
The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older should get an influenza (flu) vaccine every season with rare exception. (Source: CDC)
Flu vaccine side effects are generally mild and go away on their own within a few days. Some side effects that may occur from a flu shot include soreness, redness, and/or swelling where the shot was given, headache (low grade), fever, nausea, muscle aches, and fatigue. The flu shot, like other injections, can occasionally cause fainting. (Source: CDC)
Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children. (Source: https://cdc.gov)
Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are used to make the vaccine.
The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. Most flu vaccines in the United States protect against four different flu viruses (“quadrivalent”); an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and two influenza B viruses. There are also some flu vaccines that protect against three different flu viruses (“trivalent”); an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and one influenza B virus. Two of the trivalent vaccines are designed specifically for people 65 and older to create a stronger immune response. (Source: https://cdc.gov)
If you still have a question about the flu vaccine or anything else that we can help with, simply call us at (682) 708-3499. Or contact us online after hours and we'll email you back as soon as we can.