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Protect yourself and your family with flushots provided by Walmart Immunization Centers powered by Summit Health. These immunizations are administered by Walmart pharmacists or Summit Health nurses in thousands of Walmart stores.
In addition to flu immunizations, Walmart pharmacists also offer up to 10 other immunizations in select Walmart locations. To learn more about the immunizations offered by your local Walmart pharmacist, use the immunization locator tool to find the store nearest you.
Influenza (flu) is a serious and contagious disease caused by influenza virus that can lead to hospitalization and in some occasions, death. Flu symptoms usually last for a few days and can include fever, sore throat, chills, fatigue, cough, headache and muscle or body aches.
Certain people are at greater risk for serious complications if they get the flu. This includes older people, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease).
You may be able to pass the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Most adults may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to five to seven days after becoming sick.
The “seasonal flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
The recommended period for receiving the flu vaccination is between mid-August and mid-November. During the “seasonal flu season,” from October to May, flu viruses are circulating in the population. 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 will spread throughout your community.
Vaccinating early is always a good idea as the vaccination can require up to two weeks to take hold. About two weeks after vaccination, antibodies that provide protection against the flu viruses in the vaccine develop in the body. These antibodies provide protection against infection using the viruses that are in the vaccine. The vaccine protects against three flu viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season.
The flu vaccine is formulated each year to keep up with the flu viruses as they change and you should receive the vaccine each year.
Everyone who is at least six months of age should get a flu vaccine this season, and everyone ages nine and up can receive this season’s vaccination from a Summit Health nurse.
It’s especially important for some high-risk individuals to get vaccinated. Those people include the following: people who are at high risk of developing serious complications like pneumonia if they get sick with the flu; people who have certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease; pregnant women; people 65 years and older; and people who live with or care for others who are high risk of developing serious complications from the flu, such as household contacts and caregivers of people with certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.
Adults and older children need one dose of the vaccine each year. But some children younger than 9 years of age need two doses to be protected.
Walmart pharmacists and Summit Health nurses accept thousands of insurance and medicare plans nationwide. To ensure that your plan is covered at your local Walmart location, select your state to the right. To protect you and your family with flu shots this season, search for your local Walmart Immunization Center powered by Summit Health with the immunization locator tool.
Protect yourself and your family this season with shots provided by Walmart Immunization Centers powered by Summit Health. It’s easy to find a location near you today. Simply use the immunization locator tool to find the store nearest you.
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