Did you know that you can get a flu vaccine at your Providence Health Plan in-network pharmacy? Flu vaccines are available at the pharmacy without an appointment for ages seven and above. This can save time and means you won’t need to schedule doctor visits to get you and your family immunized this flu season. However, younger children (six months to age six) need to get their flu vaccine at their doctor’s office due to pharmacy immunization age restrictions.
For those who can’t tolerate a small needle injection, there’s a safe and effective alternative. The Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) has recommended FluMist® Quadrivalent as an option for the 2018-2019 influenza season for some individuals. In addition to the flu vaccine, all routine immunizations are available at your Providence Health Plan in-network pharmacy.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports between 12,000 – 79,000 flu deaths annually since 2010.* Although the flu vaccine doesn’t eliminate the possibility of contracting the flu, it can help minimize the symptoms and duration of the flu, should you catch it.
To avoid long waits at the pharmacy, ask the pharmacist for an immunization form. Fill one out for yourself and each family member ahead of time. Evening hours, mid-afternoons, and weekends are usually slower times in the pharmacy to get your flu shot. Getting a vaccine at your Providence Health Plan in-network pharmacy is a simple and convenient way to help you and your family stay healthy.