The weather is starting to cool off which means flu season is right around the corner. “Flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and can last as late as May, but you can get the flu outside of those months as well.
Get your flu shot out of the way early, without an appointment, at 501 Pharmacy.
Why Should You Get the Flu Shot?
Influenza or the flu is a very serious disease that can lead to hospitalization or even death. Every flu season is unique and the flu affects everyone differently. Even a person who is very healthy can get sick from the flu or a flu-related illness and spread it to others.
Getting the flu shot is not just about protecting yourself, it also helps the community. When you get the flu shot, you are helping to keep higher-risk seniors and young children, who may not be able to get the vaccine, safe.
Who Should Get the Flu Shot?
Everyone who is six months or older should get the flu vaccine every season. These flu shots are also approved for use in pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions.
The only people who should not get a flu shot are those that are younger than six months of age or who have life threatening allergies to the flu vaccine or any ingredient that is in the vaccine. If you have an allergy to eggs or any of the ingredients in the vaccine, you should talk to your doctor about your allergy before getting the flu shot. If you are not feeling well, you should talk to your doctor about your symptoms before you get the flu shot or wait until you are feeling better.
No Appointments Needed
Stop by 501 Pharmacy Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., or on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., to get your flu shot with no appointment needed. Flu shots are just $35 for cash-paying patients and are free if you have Medicare B, TRICARE, or Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.
You should get the flu vaccine before the flu begins spreading in your community. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the antibodies to develop in the body that protects against the flu. Get the vaccine before flu season officially begins and be protected throughout the season!