Have you had your flu shot yet? Even though the weather doesn't feel like it, we are now in flu season. Now's the time to be prepared and get your flu shot before the flu hits our region and we're in peak flu season. Right now through the end of February, stop by Pharmacy East at our main office on Arlington Blvd. in Greenville to get your flu shot and be better prepared for the winter ahead. No appointment is required; simply stop by Pharmacy East during the appropriate hours and you can receive your vaccination in minutes.
1850 W Arlington Blvd.
Monday - Friday
9:00am - 11:00am
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Everyone should get the flu shot each year to protect themselves agains the current year's flu strain. However, there are groups that are more susceptible to the effects of the flu. These groups are strongly encouraged to get the flu shot each and every year.
Each year, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) develops the flu vaccine to protect against three to four different strains of the flu that are most likely to spread during the current year. Through complex monitoring of the flu virus, the CDC officials determine which strains will be selected for the vaccine. This is an extremely effective method of preventing the spread of the virus and in only a handful of years has the vaccine not been 100% effective.
No, it does not. This is a common misconception of the flu vaccine. The flu shot does not contain the live virus. In some cases, the flu shot does contain the flu, but the strains have been inactivated. The nasal spray does contain the live virus; however, the strain has been weakened significantly and cannot give you the flu. It's not uncommon to experience flu-like symptoms for a day after the vaccine has been administered, but these symptoms quickly dissipate and aren't as severe as the flu.
To learn more about the flu vaccine, you can talk with Pharmacist, Randy Driggers at Pharmacy East during the hours of 9:00am to 11:00am or 2:00pm to 4:00pm.