Why You Need The Flu Shot This Year – CVS MinuteClinic



Every year my hubby and I get our annual flu shot. And every year my anxiety is through the roof before I go. Ever since I was a little kid I was horrible at getting shots. I think I’m getting a little better as I get older and not AS crazy about it. Blood work on the other hand… well that’s another story all together.


We normally head to Plainsboro, NJ because that was always our closest CVS MinuteClinic. That is until a few weeks ago. I was so excited to learn that one of my local CVS’s built a MinuteClinic. If you are in the Mercer County area there is now a CVS MinuteClinic in Lawrenceville, NJ right off Route 1.


Normally I’ve had to wait a few minutes before getting my annual shot at CVS but not this time. We walked in, headed to the back and we were the first ones there. Annie Wood was the nurse on duty and was soooo nice. I told her how I hate shots and she said I would be fine. I decided to go first and I sat down and it was over. I didn’t feel a thing. Honest to God. Nada! I said I don’t think you gave me the shot and she said she did and my husband watched. Best. Shot. Ever. Thanks Annie!


Have you gotten your flu shot yet? No? What are you waiting for?

Now is the time to get your shot. Flu outbreaks can start to begin in October, however they typically peak in January or later.

Worried your insurance won’t cover it? Most insurance companies will cover the cost of a flu shot. Hey, they don’t want you getting sick either.

And get this… customers that get their flu shot at CVS will receive a 20% off shopping coupon. Woo Hoo!


While getting a flu shot is the single most effective way to prevent getting the flu, you still want to take other precautions during the fall/winter. Plus you don’t want a cold either. Keep those hands washed constantly, always cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue (not your hand), stay away from sick people as best you can and avoid touching your face.


Now head on over to your local CVS MinuteClinic for your flu shot. In Mercer County? Head to the new one in Lawrenceville and ask for Annie. Tell her I sent you.


Where  can I learn more about  the flu? Learn more about the flu at: www.cdc.gov/flu and MinuteClinic’s vaccination offerings at: http://bit.ly/ZQZVDn


*The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. CVS MinuteClinic provided me with the flu shots and a gift card which was super nice of them. Just another reason why I love CVS.

It’s That Time Again, Time For Your Annual Flu Shot at CVS Minute Clinic

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Every year (usually in October) my husband and I get our annual flu vaccine at our local CVS Minute Clinic. We go there for a number of reasons. One being convenience, and another being that I’m at CVS at least once a week for something so why not grab my body wash, toothpaste and get a flu shot. Ok so maybe I get myself a special little gift like trying new makeup or something after my flu shot. I’m a big baby.

My husband and I went this year to our local Minute Clinic and Valerie the doctor that gave us our flu shots was so nice and I didn’t even feel it. Yay!

The CVS Minute Clinic offers so many things in addition to your annual flu shot. I was reading all about them while I was there. Click HERE to learn what other services they offer.

Why should you get the flu shot? CVS provided me with the Top 5 Flu Vaccination Myths below.


Top 5 Flu Vaccination Myths


M #1: It is too late to get a seasonal flu shot.

Not at all! Flu season usually peaks in January or February, but it can occur as late as May so the sooner you get the shot the better. But ultimately, getting the flu shot at any time can help protect you & your loved ones. (MinuteClinic vaccinates patients 18 months and older, and are open 7 days/week with no appointment is necessary!)

M #2: The flu shot can give you the flu.

No! This is the biggest myth out there about the flu vaccine. The flu shot is made from an inactivated flu virus, so it cannot give you the flu. If you get flu-like symptoms after getting the flu shot, it’s likely because you got sick from another virus that wasn’t the flu, or you were exposed to the flu after you got vaccinated but before the vaccine took effect, which can be up to 2 weeks.

M #3. If you got the flu vaccine last year, you don’t have to get it again this year.

Wrong! It’s important to get the flu vaccine every year. Your body loses its immunity to the virus over time, and new strains of the flu appear each year. Getting vaccinated before each flu season rebuilds your immunity and protects against the strains that are predicted to be most common that season.

M #4. There are serious side effects caused by the flu vaccine.

Not at all! The only real side effect might be soreness or redness where the shot was administered.

M #5. Natural immunity or living a healthy lifestyle is better than getting immunity from the flu shot.

Not true! Eating right, exercising and getting plenty of rest can help prevent the flu, but the #1 way to avoid getting the flu is a flu vaccine. Even if you have avoided the flu in the past, it doesn’t make you less susceptible.


There is also tons of interesting and useful information at cdc.gov/flu.


*The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. CVS MinuteClinic provided me with the flu shots which were super nice of them. Just another reason why I love CVS.