What is the flu?
“Flu” is short for influenza, a contagious respiratory illness that infects the nose, throat and lungs. The symptoms can be very painful and uncomfortable, and severe cases can even be fatal.
What are symptoms of the flu?
Symptoms of the flu may include some or all of the below:
- Fever or chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Vomiting and diarrhea (though this is more common in children than adults)
Who needs a flu shot?
The only way to prevent the flu is through vaccination. That’s why the CDC recommends everyone get a flu shot, especially for those with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and chronic lung disease; pregnant women; people 65 and older; or people who live with or care for others who are high risk of developing serious complications.
When should I get a flu shot?
Every flu season is different, and so are the vaccines developed each year. The CDC recommends flu shots as soon as the new vaccine is available, since it takes about two weeks from the date of vaccination for antibodies to develop against the flu. Contact your nearest Pharmaca to find out when the vaccine will be available for the season.
Can I get a walk-in flu shot at Pharmaca?
Yes, flu shots, including quadrivalent and high dose options, are available on a walk-in basis during flu season. Just request yours from a pharmacist. Note that flu shots are only available for customers 12 years of age and up.
What are the different types of flu shots available at Pharmaca?
- Quadrivalent flu shots are designed to protect against four different flu viruses; two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. This type of flu shot is used most widely.
- Fluzone High-Dose is a flu shot designed specifically for people 65 years and older.
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