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Where to Find a Flu Shot Near You

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Updated September 05, 2010

Where to Find a Flu Shot Near You

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Where Can I Find a Flu Shot?:

When flu season comes around each year, millions of people are considered in the high risk category and should be getting flu shots. And most years, there are enough flu shots to go around so that anyone who wants one should be able to get one. If you are among the many people who either need or want a flu shot, you may be left wondering where to get one. Here are some options:

  • Doctor's Office
  • Health Departments
  • Pharmacies
  • Many offices offer flu shots for employees
  • Your local newspaper may list flu clinic locations
  • Flu Clinic Locator from the American Lung Association

What You Should Find When You Arrive:

When you arrive to get your flu shot, you should receive an official Vaccine Information Sheet (VIS) that is produced by the CDC and provides all the information you need to know about the flu shot. The person giving the shots should be a medical professional and have their credentials clearly displayed, explain the potential side effects and ask if you have any allergies.

What You Can Expect From the Flu Shot:

Once you have received your flu shot, you can expect your arm to be sore for a few days. You may also experience minor symptoms such as a low grade fever and slight aches and pains for a few days after receiving the shot. However, the flu shot will not give you the flu. The vaccine will take about two weeks to become fully effective.

If you don't like shots, many of these locations also offer the nasal flu vaccine which is now approved for healthy people between the ages of 2 and 49 who are not pregnant.

What You Should Know:

As you can see, even if you don't want to make an appointment and go to the doctor, there are plenty of options and opportunities to get a flu shot. However, if you have any chronic medical conditions or have any concerns that a flu shot may not be right for you, your health care provider is still the best option and should always be contacted before you get a vaccination of any kind.

Sources:

"Flu Clinic Locator." American Lung Association 2007. 06 Nov 07.

"Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine." Seasonal Flu 26 Oct 07. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 06 Nov 07.

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