Written by: Kimberly Houser, PharmD, RPh It is time to get your flu shot and all Price Chopper Pharmacies have flu vaccine in stock! Did you know that the flu virus can begin to circulate as early as October?1 In addition it can take up to two weeks after you receive your flu shot for full protection to develop. The earlier you get vaccinated the better! The best way to prevent the flu, is to get your flu shot. The Center for Disease Control (CDC), recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months receive their flu vaccine to help prevent illness2. This includes pregnant women and patients with chronic health care conditions like diabetes. Price Chopper Pharmacies carry the new Quadrivalent flu vaccine. This vaccine provides protection against four strains of flu virus. Traditional flu vaccines provide protection against three strains. The Quadrivalent vaccine adds protection by covering an additional strain of flu virus! High Dose flu vaccinations are also available for Seniors 65 years of age and older. This vaccine creates a stronger response to the flu vaccine and has been shown to be about 24% more effective.3 Flu vaccinations are covered by many insurance plans, including Medicare. Price Chopper Pharmacies have many programs to help you and your family save money and live well. Free Diabetes Medication and Supplies, Free Antibiotics, Discounted Medications through RxAdvantEdge, Free Prenatal and Children’s Vitamins, Enhanced Refill System, and Medication Therapy Management services are all available. Stop by your local Price Chopper Pharmacy to get vaccinated today and ask about other vaccinations that you may be due for including pneumonia and shingles shots. Don’t wait! References
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) [Internet]. 2013 [cited 2013 July 31]. Available from: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2013-2014.htm
- CDC. Prevention and control of seasonal influenza with vaccines. Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices–United States, 2013–2014. MMWR 2013;62(No. RR-07).
- Carlos A. DiazGranados, Andrew J. Dunning, Murray Kimmel, Daniel Kirby, John Treanor, Avi Collins, Richard Pollak, Janet Christoff, John Earl, Victoria Landolfi, Earl Martin, Sanjay Gurunathan, Richard Nathan, David P. Greenberg, Nadia G. Tornieporth, Michael D. Decker, H. Keipp Talbot. Efficacy of High-Dose versus Standard-Dose Influenza Vaccine in Older Adults. New England Journal of Medicine, 2014; 371 (7): 635 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1315727