Our ShopRite Pharmacists have been trained and certified to administer vaccinations.
Did you know.....
• Flu season usually starts in the fall, unlike the common cold, it is possible to vaccinate against the flu virus.
• The flu vaccine won’t give you the flu, but it can take up to two weeks to provide full protection.
• People with the flu can spread it to others up to six feet away through coughs and sneezes.
• Flu viruses can change from one season to the next. For the best protection, get your flu shot each season!
Don’t wait. Vaccinate early!
Can a flu shot give you the flu?
No, a flu shot cannot cause flu illness. The most common side effects from the influenza shot are soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot was given. Low-grade fever, headache and muscle aches also may occur.
Why do some people not feel well after getting the seasonal flu vaccine?
Some people report having mild reactions to flu vaccination. The most common reaction to the flu shot in adults has been soreness, redness or swelling at the spot where the shot was given. This usually lasts less than two days. This initial soreness is most likely the result of the body's early immune response reacting to a foreign substance entering the body. Other reactions following the flu shot are usually mild and can include a low grade fever and aches. If these reactions occur, they usually begin soon after the shot and last 1-2 days. The most common reactions people have to flu vaccine are considerably less severe than the symptoms caused by actual flu illness.
Are any of the available flu vaccines recommended over the others?
There is no preference for one vaccine over another among the recommended, approved injectable influenza vaccines. If you have questions about which vaccine is best for you, talk to your doctor or other health care professional.
Is it better to get the flu than the flu vaccine?
No. Flu can be a serious disease. Any flu infection can carry a risk of serious complications, hospitalization or death. Getting vaccinated is a safer choice than risking illness to obtain immune protection.
Do I really need a flu vaccine every year?
Yes. CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for just about everyone 6 months and older.
What about serious reactions to flu vaccine?
Serious allergic reactions to flu vaccines are very rare. If they do occur, it is usually within a few minutes to a few hours after the vaccination. While these reactions can be life-threatening, effective treatments are available.
Complete the vaccine consent form before you arrive at the store and bring to the Pharmacy when getting your vaccine.
Immunization subject to vaccine availability. Restrictions may apply.