Time to Get Your Flu Shot

It’s that time of year again….time to get your flu shot! Every year, people come into the pharmacy asking who should, and who shouldn’t, get a flu shot. And now, since there are several different types of flu vaccine, it’s more confusing than ever. Remember to talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical condition that leaves you questioning whether or not you should get the flu shot. Also, know that there is a new influenza vaccine called Flublok® that does not use eggs in the manufacturing process, and is approved for people who are allergic to eggs. And if you forget to get a flu shot and you do contract the flu, remember that getting a prescription for Tamiflu® (the generic is oseltimivir) within the first two days of onset of symptoms may help decrease both the severity and duration of the virus. It can also be used to help prevent flu for people who have come in close contact with someone that is diagnosed with influenza. Read more about who should get the flu vaccine, who shouldn’t, and who should take special precautions.