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  • Are you getting a flu shot this year?

    Posted by dagmar-munn on September 29, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    I just got my flu shot today. It was ‘easy-peasy.’

    I went to my local drugstore, filled out the form and waited about 5-minutes in the store’s pharmacy waiting area. The pharmacist even gave me the shot while I was sitting on my mobility scooter! (It’s been four hours now, and my arm doesn’t feel sore at all)

    Are you getting a flu shot this year? Where do you go for it? If you’re not planning on it, why not?

    dagmar-munn replied 3 years, 8 months ago 12 Members · 16 Replies
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    October 12, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    I have been getting one for many years.  This year, after getting it, the day after I was quite sick from it, and all week thereafter I did not feel well at all.  I just hope now that I don’t the actual flu!

  • dagmar-munn

    October 12, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Kudos for you in having a flu shot every year. I’m sorry you’re feeling ill now – – I’ve heard that the flu season is starting up 2 weeks early this year (Oct. 1st). So, hopefully you only have a “weak bug.” 😉 Hoping you feel better soon.

  • dagmar-munn

    November 19, 2019 at 10:55 am

    The MDA just posted this very helpful article on flu prevention (plus additional links): Flu Season Support


  • weirdtim

    November 30, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Refuse to get it.

  • dorothy-kilcoyne

    December 3, 2019 at 10:26 am

    Got it, no problems.  At the drug store.
    also got both shingles shots, and last year pneumonia.

    why experience those miseries when you can try to avoid them.


  • susan-gray

    December 8, 2019 at 7:47 am

    I get a flu shot every year and have done so this year as well.  I started getting the flu vaccine when I worked in the school system.  I usually get it at the pharmacy, but got it done this year during my yearly physical.

  • jonathan-l-maddock

    December 10, 2019 at 9:36 am

    Yes, I have. I always have, for as long as my 64 years that I can remember.

    The last time I had the flu was so long ago (decades!), that I truly don’t remember the specific event.



  • bob-meyer

    December 12, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    I got mine at our Walgreens. Work provided it every year in the past.

    Tried to get a pneumonia shot at Walgreens and they refused to give to me because of ALS and/or my age of 54. Tried both a regular Walgreens and one with a SSM clinic inside.

  • cyndi-zach

    December 13, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Bob, while you are not in the recommended age group for the pneumonia vaccine, you do qualify with an underlying medical condition.  Walgreens would not be able to make this determination; however your primary care provider or your local health department can.

  • dagmar-munn

    December 16, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    Bob, I agree with Cyndi in that Walgreen’s can deny you due to you being under the age requirement. However, having ALS puts us all in the high-risk category. So, if you still want the pneumonia shot, ask you physician to write an order/prescription for it. You just show it to the folks at Walgreen’s.

  • diana-belland

    January 2, 2020 at 11:26 am

    My husband and I finally got our flu shots on December 23 at The Little Clinic at our local Kroger grocery store.  It was easy and quick—no waiting time at all as there might have been had we chosen to get them at our physician’s offices.

    I experienced very mild soreness for a day or two at the inoculation site but no other symptoms.   It was the same for my husband.  Next year, we’ll get our flu shots earlier, though!

  • Amanda

    January 2, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    I got my flu shot in October, but I just got my Shingles shot today!!

  • dagmar-munn

    January 6, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    Bravo Amanda!

  • pat-knight

    January 6, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Hi everyone,  yes I got my flu shot I have for the last few years. I know it’s not certain but I heard that even If I get the flu it helps with the side effects.

  • mike-kilmade

    January 10, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    Got the flu shot a few weeks ago. Arm was a little sore for a day or two but that’s usual.

    My wife and I are having a tough time finding a place that has the Shingrix vaccine. No one currently has it stock. We live in upstate New York.

    Got the PCV13/PPSV23 sequence starting in 2017.

  • dagmar-munn

    January 11, 2020 at 11:53 am

    High five with you Mike! 🙂

    Yes, the shingles vaccine is tough to find – – for all of us!

    BTW: your doggy looks sweet 😉 What’s his/her name?

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