Protect yourself and our community from the Flu. Get your Flu Shot!

FluShot

MedSave Family Pharmacy would like to remind and encourage everyone to get their Flu Shot every year. Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and lessen the chance that you will spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread throughout our community.


Individuals

MedSave offers Flu Shots to the community from September through December (or until supplies last). Feel free to stop in anytime during business hours and we will get you immunized and out the door in no time. There is no appointment necessary unless your child is under 6 years old. Give us a call and we can make an appointment to fit your schedule. We will also bill your insurance. Don’t have insurance? That’s ok! Give us a call at 218-759-1222 to find out the cost for this season.


Business – Flu Shot Clinics

MedSave Family Pharmacy provides on-site Flu Shot clinics to businesses in the Bemidji community and surrounding area. Providing a Flu Shot Clinic is a great way to encourage your staff to get their seasonal vaccine and keep your organization protected from the Flu. We make it very convenient by providing all the supplies, billing your insurance and coming to you. For more information, call MedSave at 759-1222.

Clinic Dates

Sept. 13th – Thursday
Sept. 29th – Thursday
Oct. 11th – Tuesday
Oct. 27th – Thursday


Flu Shot Information (FAQs)

Who should get vaccinated?

Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. This recommendation has been in place since February 24, 2010 when CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted for “universal” flu vaccination in the U.S. to expand protection against the flu to more people. While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it's especially important that certain people get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications.

1. Pregnant women
2. Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
3. People 50 years of age and older
4. People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
5. People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
6. People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
          -Health care workers
          -Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
          -Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)

Wondering how flu vaccines work?

Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine.

When should you get a flu vaccination?

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends that people get their seasonal vaccine as soon as the vaccine becomes available in their community. Vaccination before December is best since this timing ensures that protective antibodies are in place before flu activity is typically at its highest. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza virus infection. In the meantime, you are still at risk for getting the flu. That’s why it’s better to get vaccinated early in the fall, before the flu season really gets under way. Flu vaccination provides protection against the influenza strains contained in the seasonal vaccine for the entire season. Vaccination can begin as soon as the vaccine becomes available.

Can you get the flu from the shot?

Injected flu vaccines only contain the dead virus, therefore there isn’t the possibility of the flu shot giving you an active flu virus. A dead virus can’t infect you. People sometimes mistake the side effects of the vaccine for flu. While side effects to the vaccine these days tend to be a sore arm, in the past, side effects often felt like mild symptoms of the flu. Also, flu season coincides with a time of year when bugs causing colds and other respiratory illnesses are in the air. Many people get the vaccine and then, within a few days, get sick with an unrelated cold virus. However, they blame the innocent flu vaccine, rather than the environment they are exposed to.

How does the nasal mist differ from the injected flu shot?


Nasal Mist




The nasal spray vaccine is easily administered and offers an alternative for people who don’t like needles. This vaccine contains live viruses, but the viruses are weakened and have lost most of their disease-causing properties. It is extremely rare for the nasal spray to cause the flu. Most healthy people between the ages of two and 49 can safely take the nasal spray vaccine. The FDA has only approved inactive vaccines for people over age 50.



Vaccine




The flu shot is made with inactive flu virus and administered by needle into the upper arm. It causes your body to make antibodies to certain strains of the flu. It takes up to two weeks to be fully effective. You can get sick during that time if you are exposed to a flu virus. The flu shot is approved for use in most people over six months old, including many patients with chronic health conditions. The flu shot can cause minor, flu-like symptoms, but it cannot cause you to develop the flu or spread it to others.


Why should I get the flu shot if I'm young and healthy?

Sure, you feel young and healthy, and will probably recover from the flu, but why not avoid it if you can. Healthy adults forget that while they themselves might be at low risk for getting serious flu complications, other people in their family might not. If you have a small child at home, or an older parent, your failure to get yourself vaccinated could endanger them.

I got the flu shot last year, do I need it again this year?

The flu shot is not a long lasting shot such as measles or hepatitis vaccinations because the particular strains of flu that are dominant change every single year. Therefore, researchers need to develop a brand new vaccine, every single year.

Do vaccines cause Autism in kids?

Some believe that there could be a link between vaccines, specifically the ingredient thimerosal, and developmental disorders in children, like autism. However, there is no evidence that vaccines cause autism, and experts say that we’re losing sight of how important vaccines are. If you’re still concerned, you should know that there are thimerosal-free flu vaccines available. Ask your physician or pharmacists about thimerosal-free vaccines.

How old does my child need to be to receive their flu shot at MedSave?

Children of all ages are welcome to receive their flu shot at MedSave Family Pharmacy. However, if your child is under 6 years old you’ll need to call us in order to make an appointment that fits your schedule. Ages 6 years old and up are welcome to walk-in.

How many flu shots does MedSave give per season?

So far in the 2015 flu season MedSave has administered over 1,400 flu shots in the Bemidji Area. That number continues to grow as the season moves on.