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Get Your Flu Shot Early!

Flu Pharmacy pkgSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — It may only be August but fall is fast approaching and so is flu season.

While some say it’s too early for the vaccinations, local Walgreens pharmacies are making sure they are on top of the virus this year.

Abc40’s Lindsay Iadeluca went to the pharmacy in Springfield to see just how easy and important it is to get your shot.

With the season upon us where hand sanitizer becomes our best friends… flu season may feel like it’s still a ways away but many pharmacies like Walgreens in Springfield are already prepared with vaccinations.

“The reason we’re doing it early now Walgreens wants to make sure everyone is prepared,” notes pharmacy manager, Christine Vala.

To become immune the shot must be in your system for three weeks, which is why Vala says sooner is better than later, “Since schools starting with kids it’s really good to get the flu shot… So you’re prepared.”

The shot can be administered annually and is the best way to protect against the flu which if left untreated can be deadly.   But it’s not only for children; adults are advised to get them too.

“So we just got here to Walgreens I’m going to go up to the counter and give them my insurance information and get a flu shot,” explains Lindsay.

“Welcome to Walgreens how can I help you?”  asks an employee, “I’d like to get a flu shot please,” Lindsay says.

While she answered the few necessary questions and signed the form, the pharmacy prepared her vaccination.  Then they were off to the privacy room.

“I’m going to clean off the area so it’s sterile, then I’ll inject you and put the band aid on sound good?” asks Vala, “Sounds good!” says Lindsay.

And it really is that simple.

Vala adds, “So just keep your arm nice and relaxed.”

This is when Lindsay gets her shot.  “How was that?” asks Vala.   Lindsay says,”Pretty easy” laughing.

From there she was sent off with a red band aid and was good to go.

Walgreens administers flu vaccinations at their pharmacies all day with no appointment necessary in both needle and nose spray forms.

Vala says that Walgreens is also willing to work something out with those who don’t have insurance to make sure they can be vaccinated too.


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