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Where Can I Get A Flu Shot?

Everyone older than six months should get a yearly flu shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Exceptions are those with flu shot allergies or other medical conditions such as a current illness with a fever. You should always check with your local La Jolla doctor first.

Because the strains of influenza are constantly changing, some flu seasons are milder than others. But it's still important to protect yourself against new strains as soon as each year's new vaccines are available. It takes approximately two weeks for the antibodies to build up against the flu after you receive the vaccine. The CDS especially recommends vaccination for those with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and chronic lung disease; pregnant women; people 65 and older; or people who live with or care for others who are high risk of developing serious complications.

Getting a flu vaccine lowers your risk of getting the flu and helps prevent the spread of the flu to others. Flu vaccines usually begin in September and continue through the flu season, which peaks in January. The vaccines are available in regular doses, pediatric doses for children, and high-doses for those 65 and older. There is even an intradermal version now available for those who hate shots and are between 18 and 64. This version uses a 90 percent smaller needle that injects into the skin instead of the muscle.

Finding Flu Shots at pharmacies in La Jolla - If your doctor is not available to give you a flu shot, there are many convenient options in local pharmacies in La Jolla. Most do not require an appointment and accept insurance plans, including Medicare Part B.

Burns Drugs. 7824 Girard Avenue. Call to make an appointment or walk in. You can also schedule an onsite appointment for your business. Pharmacy is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

CVS Pharmacy. Three locations: 7525 Eads Avenue at Pearl in La Jolla Village, 5495 La Jolla Boulevard in Bird Rock, and 8832 Villa La Jolla Drive at Nobel in the UTC area. The first two in La Jolla are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The third CVS pharmacy in UTC is open 24/7. All three pharmacies accept walk-ins and you can also make an appointment. They also offer a 20 percent shopping pass when you get a flu shot.

Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy. 7650 Girard Avenue. Pharmacy is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome and you'll receive your flu shot on a first-come, first-served basis. To save time, you can download a patient intake form to fill out and bring with you. Allergen-free shots are available.

Von's Pharmacy. 7544 Girard near Pearl. Open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can walk in without an appointment, schedule an appointment and also schedule appointments for your business, school, or assisted living facility.


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