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Shield Yourself from the flu. Stop into any store. No appt necessary. Covered by most insurance plans. Fluzone high dose vaccine also available for ages 65+

The flu is here! It's not too late to shield yourself and your family from the flu this year with a flu shot from Rite Aid. Not only will you keep your family healthy, you'll also receive 25 wellness+ points.* Rite Aid flu shots are covered by most insurance plans and if you don't have insurance, they are competitively priced. In addition to the standard flu shot, Fluzone High-Dose vaccine, which has shown to deliver an increased immune response, is approved for anyone over age 65 and covered by Medicare Part B.

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Why get a flu shot?

Each year in the U.S., more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from seasonal flu-related complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. A flu vaccine is needed every year because flu viruses are constantly changing. It’s not unusual for new flu viruses to appear annually, which is why the flu vaccine is reformulated each year to keep up with the flu viruses as they change.

Who should get a flu shot?

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu shot as soon as the vaccines are available. It’s especially important that anyone who is at high risk of developing flu complications is vaccinated. Those at high risk include:

  • Young children
  • Pregnant women
  • People with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart or lung disease
  • People 65 and older

Healthcare workers and others who live with or care for high-risk individuals should also be vaccinated in order to keep them from spreading the flu to someone who is at high risk. Children younger than 6 months are also at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated; instead, anyone who cares for or lives with infants should be vaccinated.

Flu safety & prevention: critical information from Rite Aid

We are committed to providing the answers and information that will help you stay healthy in any flu season. While getting a yearly flu shot is the first step in protecting yourself and others from the flu, Rite Aid and the CDC urge you to take the following additional actions. As always, your local Rite Aid pharmacist is available to answer any flu questions you have and recommend over-the-counter products that may help you feel better during cough/cold and flu season.

Protect yourself

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective§
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine)
  • While sick, limit contact with others to avoid infecting them
  • Prepare your home for flu season by changing out your air filter.

 

§Though scientific evidence is not as extensive as that on hand washing and alcohol-based sanitizers, other hand sanitizers that do not contain alcohol may be useful for killing flu germs on hands in settings where alcohol-based products are prohibited.

Take antiviral drugs if recommended

  • Most people ill with the flu will recover without complications. However, for those at increased risk of complications, antiviral drugs may be recommended
  • Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines (pills, liquid, or inhaled powder) that fight the flu by keeping viruses from reproducing in your body
  • The flu may be caused by different viruses, which can affect whether an antiviral drug will work for you. Your healthcare provider will determine whether to prescribe an antiviral
  • For treatment, antiviral drugs work best if started within the first two days of symptoms
  • Antiviral drugs are not sold over the counter and are different from antibiotics

Recognize flu-like symptoms

  • Fever (usually high)
  • Headache
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Dry cough
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle aches
  • Sore throat
  • Sometimes vomiting
  • Sometimes diarrhea

Diagnosing the flu

It is difficult to distinguish the flu from other infections on the basis of symptoms alone. A doctor’s exam may be needed to tell whether you have developed the flu or a complication of the flu. There are tests that can determine if you have the flu as long as you are tested within the first two or three days of illness.

If you develop flu-like symptoms and are concerned about your illness, especially if you are at high risk for complications of the flu, you should consult a healthcare provider. Those at high risk for complications include people 65 years or older, those with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, and young children.
 

When to seek emergency care for children

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish or gray skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

When to seek emergency care for adults

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Rite Aid flu safety shopping list

 

*Certain limitations apply to wellness+ points. Government-funded shots or flu shots given in New York or New Jersey are not eligible for wellness+ points. Other limitations apply. See pharmacists for details.
 Fluzone High-Dose vaccine available in limited supplies. See pharmacist for details.

**Discount applies to standard flu does only.  Vaccines available while supplies last.  Age restrictions apply in some states.  See pharmacist for details.