Updated
January 17th, 2017

Is Your Pharmacy the Best Vaccine Provider?

Pharmacies offer appointment based vaccination services

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When you’re picking up a few items at your local pharmacy and spot an on-site vaccination clinic, would getting vaccinated be a smart move?

Yes, says the Centers of Disease and Control (CDC).

Getting a flu shot at a pharmacy is safe! And it's very convenient. What’s more, it's an easy way to keep up-to-date on your immunizations.

The CDC recommends that everyone aged 6 months and older who does not have contraindications, receive an annual influenza vaccination.

Did you know there are over 280,000 pharmacists trained to administer vaccines? And their scope of service and authority has greatly expanded over the past few years.

Which means, you may save a visit to the doctor’s office!

CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and most independent pharmacies offer more than just the flu shot. Pharmacies now administer hepatitis A and B, pneumonia, polio, shingles, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), and varicella (chickenpox).

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And many also offer travel immunizations for meningitis, typhoid, yellow fever, and other diseases.

As with your doctor’s office, most pharmacies will file your insurance form, and under the Affordable Care Act, government insurers are required to cover the basic costs of immunizations for adults and children.

When in doubt, your pharmacist should first check your benefit eligibility with your insurer. If you’re paying cash out-of-pocket, ask about those prices, just as you do at your doctor’s office.

If you are uninsured, many states offer free health clinics and community health centers that provide preventative vaccination care for free.

Moreover, before leaving the pharmacy, ask your pharmacist to forward your vaccination information to your doctor's office, so this new information can be added to your medical record.

The CDC price list for influenza vaccines can be found at this link: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs/vfc/awardees/vaccine-management/price-list/

No conflicts of interest were disclosed.​