(Closed) Flu shots – pharmacy vs dr office. Is there a difference?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
14498 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I got mine at the pharmacy, cost me nothing after insurance.  Darling Husband got his at the doctors office, same shot, given the same way and he had to pay the co-pay.  If you have any concerns, just call your doctor and ask.

Post # 4
19 posts
  • Wedding: January 2013

I really doubt that there should be a difference. Just drawing from my general knowledge, I know that in here in Australia, in flu season pharmacies, hospitals and the doctor’s office give flu shots for free to pregnant women, so my assumption from this would be that they are all the same. However, you should ask your local pharmacist about the flu shot and cite that you are pregnant. They should be bound to tell you then if there is a difference. 🙂

Post # 5
492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Same shot in general, but there is a version containing preservative with a trace amount of mercury – the version without mercury is recommended if pregnant.

Post # 6
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t think there is a difference. I got mine done at the doctor’s office at my last prenatal appointment. Darling Husband is getting his done at Walgreens.

Post # 7
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@lilbear:  I don’t think there is any difference. The price I paid was about the same as everywhere else around here. I just had it done when I had my physical done.

Post # 8
873 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I had to pay for the shot because Walgreens didn’t take my insurance.  Whatever, it was like $20.  They did have both versions and I chose the preservative free one since there was a chance I could have been pregnant.

Post # 9
5148 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yep, it’s the same.

Post # 10
46228 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Pharmacists and doctors are dispensing the same vaccines.

They also have pretty much the same lack of skill giving injections. (can you tell I’m a nurse?) They simply don’t do it often enough to build up any skill level. Not to worry, it’s pretty basic.

In Canada, I would however recommend you take children to a clinic put on by the public health nurses. They are much more skilled with children.

ps I already had mine at the pharmacy.

Post # 11
2076 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Got mine at Walgreens last night. Quick and easy and relatively painless! 🙂 I was impressed with the pharmacists skill and ease.

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