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Tuesday
Dec062011

It's Not Too Late: Where to Get a Flu Shot

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It’s that time of the year again: flu, and in turn, flu shot, season.

If you still haven’t gotten your shot yet, it's not too late.  Here are places where you can get the vaccine:

Health Care Offices: Doctor’s offices remain the most common location for people to receive the influenza vaccine.  So far, about 55 percent of people who have gotten a flu shot went to a medical office to receive it.

Pharmacies: Pharmacy giants like Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Duane Reade and CVS offer flu shots to the public. Most insurance plans are accepted at these places, and customers usually do not need an appointment.

Wholesale Stores: Costco, Sam’s Club and other wholesale retailers often have pharmacies built into their superstores.  It’s the same deal as the pharmacy giants: they take most major insurance plans and there is usually no scheduling necessary.

Grocery Stores: Many supermarkets, the bigger names and some local joints, offer the shot, which is usually administered by pharmacists.  Often, these places offer extended and weekend service, along with low rates or coupons.

Your Employer: To reduce sick days, many companies offer flu shots at work.  Check with your company or boss to see if a flu shot may be available at your place of employment.  Companies often take on the cost as an incentive to keep their employees healthy and safe during flu season.

For parents who may be worried about costs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vaccine for Children Program offers free vaccines to financially vulnerable children.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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