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Flu shots will be back

Check back in August for more information. See you next flu season!

Flu shots will be back

Check back in August for more information. See you next flu season!

More than one vaccine in one easy visit

Did you know the CDC says you can get more than one vaccine at the same time? Stay up to date with your routine vaccinations, like pneumococcal (pneumonia), shingles and more.

Expert insights

Important flu information from healthcare professionals and pharmacists.

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to your questions about flu shots.
  • The flu (influenza) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often experience fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

    Some people, such as people age 65+, young children and those with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year with a flu shot.

  • The “flu shot” is a vaccine that protects you from the flu virus. It is inactivated, which means it contains a killed version of the virus, so it cannot cause disease, and is most commonly given as an injection (with a needle) in the arm.

    This season’s vaccine protects against four influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. This includes an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus and 2 influenza B viruses.

    The vaccine takes effect approximately two weeks after it has been administered as antibodies (substances in the blood that protect against infection) accumulate and provide protection against influenza. Therefore, it is important to get a flu shot before the flu begins to circulate in your area, as you may be susceptible to influenza during the two weeks after your flu shot.

    The flu shot will not 100% eliminate the risk of getting the flu as there are several strains of viruses that can cause the flu. However, data suggests flu symptoms may be milder and complications can be reduced following vaccination. It can also protect others who are vulnerable but may not be able to receive the vaccine for a variety of reasons.

    To learn more about flu shots from the CDC, visit the CDC website opens a page in new tab or download the following documents:
    Influenza (Live, Intranasal) (PDF) › opens a page in new tab
    Influenza (Inactivated) (PDF) › opens a page in new tab

  • The CDC recommends everyone age 6 months and older get a flu shot every flu season, including those are who healthy or have health conditions. Walgreens offers flu shots to anyone age 3+. It’s recommended that anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu should be vaccinated. It’s especially important for certain people to get vaccinated, such as those who are at high risk of developing serious complications, like pneumonia, if they get sick with the flu. This includes:

    • People who have certain medical conditions including asthma, weakened immune systems, diabetes and chronic heart or lung disease

    • Pregnant women

    • People ages 65+

    • People who live with or care for others who are at high risk for developing serious complications. This includes household contacts and caregivers of people with certain medical conditions, including asthma, diabetes, chronic lung disease and others.

    • According to CDC analysis opens a page in new tab of flu hospitalization data, people from certain racial and ethnic minority groups, including non-Hispanic Black, non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native, and Hispanic or Latino people

  • The flu shot should not be given to:

    • Children younger than 6 months of age
    • People with severe, life-threatening allergies to the flu shot or any ingredient in the vaccine. This might include gelatin, antibiotics or other ingredients.

    Certain individuals should not be vaccinated without first consulting a healthcare professional. These patients include:

    • People who had Guillain-Barré syndrome (a severe paralyzing illness, also called GBS) within six weeks of getting the flu vaccine previously
    • People who have a moderate or severe illness with a fever, including those with COVID-19, should wait until they recover before getting a flu shot
  • Adults age 65+ have a higher risk for developing complications from the flu and account for more than 60% of the flu-related hospitalizations each year. Recent studies show that people age 65+ may not respond as well to standard-dose flu shots because they do not produce as high of an antibody response following vaccination as do younger people. People with low antibody levels may be at higher risk of catching the flu.

    While adults age 65+ may receive a standard flu shot, there are vaccines designed specifically for patients age 65+ that work by improving the production of antibodies in order to provide a stronger immune response to the flu than traditional vaccines. Like the standard flu shot, these vaccines are given as an injection in the arm and the side effects are similar, though some patients may experience increased pain, redness or swelling around the injection site compared to standard-dose flu vaccines.

  • The CDC recommends that people get the flu shot before the flu is widespread by late fall. The peak flu season is typically October to March in the U.S., but people should receive their vaccine as long as the virus is circulating. People should get their flu shot every flu season to ensure the best protection from the flu for themselves and others.

  • The viruses in the flu shot are killed (inactivated), so you cannot get the flu from a flu shot. Some minor side effects that could occur are:

    • Soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given
    • Fever (low grade)
    • Aches

    If these side effects occur, they begin soon after the shot and usually last 1 to 2 days. Over-the-counter products may be recommended to manage minor side effects. Most people who receive influenza vaccine have no serious problems from it.

  • All Walgreens retail locations administer the flu shot and other routine vaccines for COVID-19, shingles, pneumococcal (pneumonia) and pertussis (whooping cough).
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  • Our licensed pharmacists, pharmacy interns and trained technicians administer flu shots in all Walgreens pharmacies. Visit your local Walgreens to speak with a pharmacist and to get your flu shot today.

  • The flu shot is covered by most insurance plans, with a $0 copay, although provider networks may vary. Those enrolled in Medicare Part B and many with Medicaid in certain states may also receive the flu shot at no cost.* Footnote Our cash price is as follows:

    • Quadrivalent shot: $58.99
    • 65+: $108.99

    * Varies by state. See pharmacy for details.

  • The flu and COVID-19 are both contagious infections caused by different viruses that spread through respiratory droplets. They can cause mild to severe illnesses and have similar symptoms, including fever, cough, body aches and fatigue, which are sometimes difficult to distinguish due to their similarities. Getting vaccinated not only protects you but also those around you.

  • Yes! You can view you and your family’s vaccine history at Walgreens through this link.

    To see your family’s vaccine history, you will need to ensure they are added to your account. To do that, follow the steps below:

This publication should be used for general educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Although it is intended to be accurate, neither Walgreen Co., its subsidiaries or affiliates, nor any other party assumes liability for loss or damage due to reliance on this publication.

Vaccines subject to availability. State-, age-, and health-related restrictions may apply.