Post # 1
Does anybody know if there is a difference between getting your flu shot at a dr office versus a cvs/rite-aid type pharmacy? if it is the same thing I think I’d rather just go to the pharmacy because of the convenience (no appointment or sitting in a waiting room). Anybody know if there is a difference between the flu shots offered at these two locations? I know since I’m pregnant I can’t get the nasal spray version so I’m only wondering about the actual shot.
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
@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
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 # 10
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
Got mine at Walgreens last night. Quick and easy and relatively painless! 🙂 I was impressed with the pharmacists skill and ease.
Post # 12
Thanks so much for the feedback ladies! I just went and got my flu shot at a rite-aid while on my lunch break. They had the preservative free version available and it only cost $29. Seeing as how my copay at a Dr’s office is $15 – I’ll gladly cough up the extra $14 for the convenience alone!