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Get your flu shot! (And get free $5 at Target, even!)
« on: October 02, 2018, 03:01:19 PM »
Your friendly neighborhood nurse here reminding you to please get your flu shots! The CDC this year is recommending immunizations by the end of OCTOBER. Buckle up kids, this year might be a doozey! (Last year sure was) https://www.kgw.com/article/news/health/get-your-flu-shot-by-the-end-of-october-cdc-says/283-599933093

So I'm throwing down the gauntlet to say: let's get our flu shots and keep others safe! For any questions or concerns about efficacy, safety, groups who have specific concerns like pregnant women, here's extra info: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm

As for getting free money- I called my local CVS inside a Target, and they confirmed that once again this year, they're giving $5 vouchers for Target purchases along with the shot.

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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2018, 04:23:39 PM »
Be careful with the Target thing. There was a thread floating around here (I think it was here) about someone who wanted to know if there were any rules requiring insurance to cover pharmacist administered flu shots since their insurance was saying it wasn't covered. I think the consensus was that it wouldn't be covered if that's what their insurance said, so better to go elsewhere despite the $5 bonus.

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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2018, 04:41:45 PM »
Check who administers them, some targets have nurse clinics.


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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2018, 04:48:30 PM »
Is that common? I've never had insurance not cover a drugstore flu shot, in 2 states with 3 insurance companies.

Anyway, I got mine already. Got it at Duane Reade when I was picking up some Rx meds a few weeks ago. I didn't get a lollipop, but I toughed it out anyway :-)

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« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2018, 05:14:46 PM »
Be careful with the Target thing. There was a thread floating around here (I think it was here) about someone who wanted to know if there were any rules requiring insurance to cover pharmacist administered flu shots since their insurance was saying it wasn't covered. I think the consensus was that it wouldn't be covered if that's what their insurance said, so better to go elsewhere despite the $5 bonus.

I've heard this, but haven't had this issue myself. 3 different insurance companies, 3 years, two different areas of a state. YMMV.

Check who administers them, some targets have nurse clinics.

This is good to know too!

Is that common? I've never had insurance not cover a drugstore flu shot, in 2 states with 3 insurance companies.

Anyway, I got mine already. Got it at Duane Reade when I was picking up some Rx meds a few weeks ago. I didn't get a lollipop, but I toughed it out anyway :-)

Yay!

Does a stamp of approval stand in for a lollipop?

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« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2018, 05:20:42 PM »
Okay. Ffffff. I need to do this and NOT give in to my fear of needles. I just requested an appointment with my doctor (I just won't do it if I try to rely on going to the drop-in clinic...).

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« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2018, 05:23:02 PM »
I need to do this! And get face wash.

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« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2018, 05:28:45 PM »
Okay. Ffffff. I need to do this and NOT give in to my fear of needles. I just requested an appointment with my doctor (I just won't do it if I try to rely on going to the drop-in clinic...).

My 18 month old handled hers pretty well yesterday.  If she can do it, you can do it!

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« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2018, 05:43:04 PM »
Done! I have to get one at work, and it's free. They have roving flu shot carts. Got my annual TB test too.

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« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2018, 05:55:18 PM »
Okay. Ffffff. I need to do this and NOT give in to my fear of needles. I just requested an appointment with my doctor (I just won't do it if I try to rely on going to the drop-in clinic...).

You can DO EEET! No shame if you need to bribe yourself. I totally do that for blood draws sometimes. (Uh, my own. Not drawing other people's blood.)

I need to do this! And get face wash.

Last year I got my flu shot and a tank top. The year before it was a flu shot and face wash =) It works.

Done! I have to get one at work, and it's free. They have roving flu shot carts. Got my annual TB test too.

That's awesome! I love when work makes stuff like that easy. I miss my student days when shots came to us!

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« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2018, 07:16:38 PM »
My work is holding a clinic Oct. 15-16 and I signed up for a slot. I appreciate that they make it so easy!

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« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2018, 07:43:53 PM »
Okay. Ffffff. I need to do this and NOT give in to my fear of needles. I just requested an appointment with my doctor (I just won't do it if I try to rely on going to the drop-in clinic...).

You can do it! I have a major lifelong needle phobia due to childhood hospital trauma. To the point that I have been known to cry or hyperventilate. I make myself go every year anyway. I just do it when I go to the pharmacy to pick up my prescription since it's right there and all I have to do is say "can I get a flu shot too?" And it makes my mom happy, so that helps. (She used to take me to get it done when I visited her, but I've gotten a little better about it.)

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« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2018, 10:04:12 PM »
Okay. Ffffff. I need to do this and NOT give in to my fear of needles. I just requested an appointment with my doctor (I just won't do it if I try to rely on going to the drop-in clinic...).

You can do it! I have a major lifelong needle phobia due to childhood hospital trauma. To the point that I have been known to cry or hyperventilate. I make myself go every year anyway. I just do it when I go to the pharmacy to pick up my prescription since it's right there and all I have to do is say "can I get a flu shot too?" And it makes my mom happy, so that helps. (She used to take me to get it done when I visited her, but I've gotten a little better about it.)

Uuuugh it sucks! I'm sorry you have to deal with it. As an adult I can usually manage it with very deep breathing, but it absolutely makes me not want to do things I know I should (like get flu shots). I'm trying to work on it a lot this year, and I will say that both giving blood this year for the first time AND getting my tetanus booster makes me a lot less afraid of getting the flu shot than I was in previous years.

I'm basically hoping to make an annual flu shot into my yearly exposure therapy....

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« Reply #13 on: October 02, 2018, 10:16:03 PM »
I'm basically hoping to make an annual flu shot into my yearly exposure therapy....

That's kind of what I did, and it worked! I am pretty stoic about the flu shot now (I have to look the other way so I never see the needle, but otherwise it's OK). I am still pretty bad about getting blood drawn, though. I have an appointment to get three injections on Thursday afternoon this week and I'm not too happy about it. But. We can do it if we have to, right? :-)

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« Reply #14 on: October 03, 2018, 10:10:07 AM »
Thank you for the reminder to check if my insurance covers the shot at Publix, my grocery store. They are giving out $10 gift cards for a flu shot, but I'm not sure if they would be covered. If they aren't I'm heading to Target since CVS is covered!

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« Reply #15 on: October 03, 2018, 10:17:35 AM »
That gives me hope, Dollar Slice! If I can get to a point where I just have to look the other way without the deep breathing... that'd be gold. ;)

May your injections this week go easy...

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« Reply #16 on: October 07, 2018, 07:54:36 PM »
Did the thing!

FYI, the Target/CVS pharmacist told us that United Healthcare doesn't pay for pharmacist flu shots, you have to go to your doctor to have it covered (through them). Cash price is ~$28 after they apply a discount. (I did it bc I didn't trust myself to plan for it a second time.)

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« Reply #17 on: October 07, 2018, 07:58:21 PM »
Did the thing!

FYI, the Target/CVS pharmacist told us that United Healthcare doesn't pay for pharmacist flu shots, you have to go to your doctor to have it covered (through them). Cash price is ~$28 after they apply a discount. (I did it bc I didn't trust myself to plan for it a second time.)

Well done on getting the shot. But ah dang! Well, at least we know one of the companies now I suppose.

I always recommend using your insurance company's website to look up preferred providers, and calling to confirm if you're not sure. I do that yearly with flu shots, since I have very little faith in my insurance staying consistent ;)

(And my husband and I finally got our shots today. They were out the first time (glad I called), then yesterday the line was INSANE and only one person was working. So we went back again this morning. Persistence paid off!)

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« Reply #18 on: October 07, 2018, 08:33:29 PM »
Reporting back with success at getting fly shots at publix. Husband and I both got our $10 gift cards and that went a long way towards our grocery bill! Plus it ensured that he got his shot since he isn't required to by work like I am. Left to his own devices he wouldn't have done it.

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« Reply #19 on: October 07, 2018, 08:38:21 PM »
Pharmacist here.  United Health care might cover 'flu shots IF the pharmacy is able to bill under "medical" United Health care.  Just today I had to re-educate my technicians that searching "medical" brings up several plans.  This works for us with Medical-Aetna, Medical-Cigna, and Medical-United Health care.  The pharmacy needs to enter the actual medical group number, not the pharmacy group (UHEALTH).  Also, the cardholder's name has to be entered.   I work for a Kroger subsidiary.   
   I got my flu shot yesterday.  I was waiting for one of our Pharmacy School students to come in and practice on me :)

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« Reply #20 on: October 07, 2018, 09:40:17 PM »
My employer brings in a nurse from a local hospital to give flu shots - no charge.  Already got mine.

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« Reply #21 on: October 07, 2018, 09:58:06 PM »
I also have United Healthcare and they have always paid for my flu shots at a Duane Reade pharmacy, so it might not be a universal policy.  Might vary depending on the plan/state you're in.

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« Reply #22 on: October 08, 2018, 08:48:27 AM »
Appointments for DH, kiddos, and I made. We'll get everyone covered over the next two weeks.

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« Reply #23 on: October 08, 2018, 10:02:52 AM »
Got mine on Saturday at my neighborhood pharmacy. Yay for flu shots!
Nobody raining $$$ on flu shots in my neck of the woods :-(

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« Reply #24 on: October 09, 2018, 01:43:06 PM »
I got my flu shot at the end of last month, so all done here!

If anyone needs any extra motivation beyond the already mentioned great reasons to get vaccinated if you can- this is your friendly reminder that, even if the flu is unlikely to be life threatening to you personally if you’re otherwise healthy, the flu still really sucks.

I missed the free vaccinations at work day last year and never got around to getting it on my own. I also ended up spending a solid week in bed with the flu, feeling like death. That was all the (totally selfish) motivation I needed to make sure I got one this year!

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« Reply #25 on: October 09, 2018, 05:07:53 PM »
$10 gift cards at Publix.  Make sure you call ahead to confirm they have it in stock and that there is going to be more than 1 person working or you might be waiting a while. 

For us, Florida Blue covered it at $0 copay and we got two gift cards.  $20 FTW! 

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« Reply #26 on: October 09, 2018, 07:01:39 PM »
Campus had a sign: "Don't just think of it as a flu shot. Think of it as virus protection software." (It's definitely a tech school.)

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« Reply #27 on: October 09, 2018, 08:43:25 PM »
I got mine at Safeway and got a coupon for 10% off my next purchase!

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« Reply #28 on: October 09, 2018, 09:31:48 PM »
Got ours last week in the local Target store.  Zero cost and each got a $5 gift card.   Thank you Target !!

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« Reply #29 on: October 10, 2018, 06:46:33 AM »
Woo! So many people getting the shots, I love it.

I got mine at Safeway and got a coupon for 10% off my next purchase!

Oooh that's a good one! No idea they did that. I need to collect all the deals on the first post.

Campus had a sign: "Don't just think of it as a flu shot. Think of it as virus protection software." (It's definitely a tech school.)

Heh, I like it =P

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« Reply #30 on: October 10, 2018, 09:30:03 AM »
Got my flu shot this morning! I did it at my work's health fair for convenience. Took 5 minutes out of my day to walk there and back. So I didn't get a gift card or coupon, BUT I did get a free sucker so I'll count that as a win.

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« Reply #31 on: October 10, 2018, 01:22:14 PM »
Okay. Ffffff. I need to do this and NOT give in to my fear of needles. I just requested an appointment with my doctor (I just won't do it if I try to rely on going to the drop-in clinic...).

I get mine from my doctor every year. I'm not needle phobic, but she must use really fine needles (and/or have great technique) because I hardly feel it when she does it. In contrast, the nurses who come to my workplace use something that feels like a horse needle. Hurts like hell!

I just schedule my annual appointment for the fall, so I get that plus the flu shot all in one visit.

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« Reply #32 on: October 10, 2018, 05:06:03 PM »
I've had two work clinic flu shots and I barely felt them.  The CVS shot hurt a little more but was totally worth it. 

Also I have United Healthcare and I was able to get the shot covered at CVS in Target.  My insurance wouldn't cover it at my local independent pharmacy though.

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« Reply #33 on: October 13, 2018, 11:55:36 AM »
I've made an appointment to get mine in 3 weeks (I have to plan ahead due to medication).

I'm also trying to get a serogroup W meningococcal vaccination. This disease is on the rise where I live and I have immune system problems so I'd rather be safe than sorry. Because it's so new, there are something supply problems but I've got 3 weeks to find one.

Insurance pays for my flu shot, but the meningococcal is out of pocket and about €60. I'm super grateful that I don't even have think about whether or not I van afford that.

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« Reply #34 on: October 13, 2018, 11:58:32 AM »
I've made an appointment to get mine in 3 weeks (I have to plan ahead due to medication).

I'm also trying to get a serogroup W meningococcal vaccination. This disease is on the rise where I live and I have immune system problems so I'd rather be safe than sorry. Because it's so new, there are something supply problems but I've got 3 weeks to find one.

Insurance pays for my flu shot, but the meningococcal is out of pocket and about €60. I'm super grateful that I don't even have think about whether or not I van afford that.

I'm glad you have the option! A wonderful example of MMM buying options and giving flexibility. Yay for immunizations though. And I very much hope for your sake many other get their flu vaccines as well, to help cover you further!

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« Reply #35 on: October 13, 2018, 12:36:40 PM »
Got my shot.

Got a 20 cent "fuel saver" so if DH and I fill up together, that's $4 saved.
$0 copay at the pharmacy for me.

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« Reply #36 on: October 15, 2018, 06:36:26 PM »
Just got my shot. Yay exposure therapy?!

Thank you B_J for starting this thread. It really helped, because I knew that if I posted my intention, I'd feel like a sham if I didn't follow through. I now feel like not-a-sham!

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« Reply #37 on: October 15, 2018, 07:43:03 PM »
Just got my shot. Yay exposure therapy?!

Thank you B_J for starting this thread. It really helped, because I knew that if I posted my intention, I'd feel like a sham if I didn't follow through. I now feel like not-a-sham!

YAY! You did it! You are most certainly NOT a sham, and are in fact very brave and conscientious to have done this. Way to go!

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« Reply #38 on: October 15, 2018, 08:12:22 PM »
Nice job, @diapasoun !! *gives you congratulatory needle-phobe fist-bump*

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« Reply #39 on: October 15, 2018, 11:59:06 PM »
Well done  @diapasoun! You've done something really brave not only for your own health but for others too!

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« Reply #40 on: October 16, 2018, 09:05:33 AM »
Ha, thanks. It's amazing what the human brain can handle, and also amazing what the human brain can make into a problem even though it really isn't a problem. (The shot doesn't even hurt!)


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« Reply #41 on: October 18, 2018, 08:59:58 AM »
Done...all 4 as of yesterday. Cost: $0. We didn't get any perks other than not having to leave work to travel to a shot location.