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Medicare Open Enrollment

The Medicare Part D Annual Enrollment Period is October 15–December 7, 2020. It is important to take the time to review your Medicare Part D plan options for 2021 as there are some changes for the upcoming plan year.

We value you as our patient and would like to continue being an integral part of your healthcare team. Many Medicare Part D insurers are aggressively working to limit your choice of pharmacies that you can visit. We believe you should choose your pharmacy, not your insurance company.

If you or someone you know is eligible for Medicare Part D and you want to stay with the pharmacist you know and trust, visit the website below or call our preferred partner to help guide you through the process.

Visit the website below for personalized help. Contact your pharmacy for your Enrollment ID which will provide a personalized look at the best plans for you. · https://navigatemycare.com

For direct, personal assistance evaluating your plan options and help enrolling in the right plan, contact our licensed insurance partner at 877-233-6415.

We look forward to continuing to be your trusted pharmacy and part of your healthcare team.

We Care about you! Stay Healthy this Winter

October is the perfect time to get vaccinated against the flu. It takes two weeks for the antibodies to develop after you get vaccinated. Those antibodies provide protection against the flu virus that was used to make the vaccine. Everyone 6 months or older should get vaccinated and it is more important than ever during 2020-2021 to protect yourself and those around you. According to the CDC, “Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses, like flu, this fall and winter is more important than ever.” Help reduce a potential strain on our healthcare system that is already responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by getting your flu shot.

Flu FAQ

Flu Facts

Should I get a flu shot?

Preventing the flu

Learn more about the flu from the CDC here

The Benefits of the Flu Vaccine

This year, it is more important than ever to get your flu shot. Flu shots are available at all of our grocery locations, no appointment needed.

Watch the video about how to fight against the flu

It might seem obvious, but the number one benefit of getting a flu shot is to keep people from getting sick. During the 2017-2018 flu season, the flu vaccine prevented an estimated 6.2 million flu illnesses, 3.2 million flu medical visits, over 90,000 hospitalizations and 5,700 deaths, according to the CDC. Let’s think about that for a moment. As of August 24, 2020, there are over 23.4 million cases of COVID-19 worldwide in just a few short months because no vaccine is available. If we didn’t have a flu vaccine, it is possible the number of positive flu-related cases would be much higher.   We have a way to reduce flu related illness and prevent flu related deaths. 

The CDC outlines the following benefits of flu vaccines:

  • Can keep you from getting sick with the flu
  • Reduces the risk of flu-associated hospitalizations for children, adults, and the elderly
  • Vaccines are a preventative tool for people with chronic health conditions
  • Protects women during and after pregnancy. A flu vaccine given during pregnancy helps protect the baby from flu for several months after birth.
  • Reduces severity of flu illness in those few people that still get the flu
  • Protects your family and loved ones

Who should get vaccinated?

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine. There are age appropriate vaccines for people 6 months, 18 and older, and those over 65 years old.

Who should not get vaccinated?

Children under 6 months are too young for a flu shot. People with flu vaccine allergies and those not feeling well should consult with their doctor before getting a flu shot.

View the full list of CDC vaccine benefits here

Learn more about who should get a vaccine here 

The Effectiveness of the Flu Vaccine

One of the reasons people choose not to get a flu shot each year is because they believe it is not effective. The flu virus changes from season to season, this sometimes makes it challenging to guarantee its effectiveness. Recent CDC studies show a flu vaccine reduces the risk of getting the flu between 40%-60% among the overall population.   Learn more about the CDC flu vaccine effectiveness here .

As mentioned above, unlike what we know so far about COVID-19, the flu virus changes each year. It is important for the CDC to measure vaccine effectiveness to help future flu seasons. The CDC measures a vaccines effectiveness by using the following criteria:

  • Ability to prevent flu-related trips to the doctor
  • Limiting the need for hospitalization
  • Ability to protect against identified seasonal strains
  • Ability to protect different age groups from flu
  • Ability to protect special populations from flu

Effectiveness of flu vaccines in elderly and children

According to the CDC, if you are 65 or older, getting a flu vaccine reduces the risk of a medically attended illness caused by the flu virus by 60% and the risk of flu hospitalizations by 54%. If an elderly person has a weaker immune system, getting vaccinated against the flu can decrease the chances of becoming seriously ill, requiring hospitalization, or even dying.

Flu vaccination in children has been found to provide a similar level of protection against flu illness as seen in healthy adults. For children up to 8 years old it is recommended they receive 2 doses of flu vaccine the first time they are vaccinated against the flu (each dose should be separated by 4 weeks). 

Even if you are healthy and don’t usually get sick from the flu, it is important to receive your flu shot.  Receiving a flu shot not only protects you, but also those around you.  If you are around people 65 or older, people with weakened immune systems, or children you should get your flu shot to protect them as well as yourself.

For more information on how vaccine effectiveness is measured, visit the CDC website here

Visit any pharmacy for a flu shot today, no appointment needed. To keep everyone safe, we have implemented new safety measures this year:

  1. All patients getting a flu shot are required to wear a mask
  2. Please take a moment to complete the intake form here prior to coming to the pharmacy

The Effectiveness of the Flu Vaccine

One of the reasons people choose not to get a flu shot each year is because they believe it is not effective. The flu virus changes from season to season, this sometimes makes it challenging to guarantee its effectiveness. Recent CDC studies show a flu vaccine reduces the risk of getting the flu between 40%-60% among the overall population.   Learn more about the CDC flu vaccine effectiveness here .

As mentioned above, unlike what we know so far about COVID-19, the flu virus changes each year. It is important for the CDC to measure vaccine effectiveness to help future flu seasons. The CDC measures a vaccines effectiveness by using the following criteria:

  • Ability to prevent flu-related trips to the doctor
  • Limiting the need for hospitalization
  • Ability to protect against identified seasonal strains
  • Ability to protect different age groups from flu
  • Ability to protect special populations from flu

Effectiveness of flu vaccines in elderly and children

According to the CDC, if you are 65 or older, getting a flu vaccine reduces the risk of a medically attended illness caused by the flu virus by 60% and the risk of flu hospitalizations by 54%. If an elderly person has a weaker immune system, getting vaccinated against the flu can decrease the chances of becoming seriously ill, requiring hospitalization, or even dying.

Flu vaccination in children has been found to provide a similar level of protection against flu illness as seen in healthy adults. For children up to 8 years old it is recommended they receive 2 doses of flu vaccine the first time they are vaccinated against the flu (each dose should be separated by 4 weeks). 

Even if you are healthy and don’t usually get sick from the flu, it is important to receive your flu shot.  Receiving a flu shot not only protects you, but also those around you.  If you are around people 65 or older, people with weakened immune systems, or children you should get your flu shot to protect them as well as yourself.

For more information on how vaccine effectiveness is measured, visit the CDC website here

Visit any pharmacy for a flu shot today, no appointment needed. To keep everyone safe, we have implemented new safety measures this year:

  1. All patients getting a flu shot are required to wear a mask
  2. Please take a moment to complete the intake form here prior to coming to the pharmacy

The Effectiveness of the Flu Vaccine

One of the reasons people choose not to get a flu shot each year is because they believe it is not effective. The flu virus changes from season to season, this sometimes makes it challenging to guarantee its effectiveness. Recent CDC studies show a flu vaccine reduces the risk of getting the flu between 40%-60% among the overall population.   Learn more about the CDC flu vaccine effectiveness here .

As mentioned above, unlike what we know so far about COVID-19, the flu virus changes each year. It is important for the CDC to measure vaccine effectiveness to help future flu seasons. The CDC measures a vaccines effectiveness by using the following criteria:

  • Ability to prevent flu-related trips to the doctor
  • Limiting the need for hospitalization
  • Ability to protect against identified seasonal strains
  • Ability to protect different age groups from flu
  • Ability to protect special populations from flu

Effectiveness of flu vaccines in elderly and children

According to the CDC, if you are 65 or older, getting a flu vaccine reduces the risk of a medically attended illness caused by the flu virus by 60% and the risk of flu hospitalizations by 54%. If an elderly person has a weaker immune system, getting vaccinated against the flu can decrease the chances of becoming seriously ill, requiring hospitalization, or even dying.

Flu vaccination in children has been found to provide a similar level of protection against flu illness as seen in healthy adults. For children up to 8 years old it is recommended they receive 2 doses of flu vaccine the first time they are vaccinated against the flu (each dose should be separated by 4 weeks). 

Even if you are healthy and don’t usually get sick from the flu, it is important to receive your flu shot.  Receiving a flu shot not only protects you, but also those around you.  If you are around people 65 or older, people with weakened immune systems, or children you should get your flu shot to protect them as well as yourself.

For more information on how vaccine effectiveness is measured, visit the CDC website here

Visit any pharmacy for a flu shot today, no appointment needed. To keep everyone safe, we have implemented new safety measures this year:

  1. All patients getting a flu shot are required to wear a mask
  2. Please take a moment to complete the intake form here prior to coming to the pharmacy

The Effectiveness of the Flu Vaccine

One of the reasons people choose not to get a flu shot each year is because they believe it is not effective. The flu virus changes from season to season, this sometimes makes it challenging to guarantee its effectiveness. Recent CDC studies show a flu vaccine reduces the risk of getting the flu between 40%-60% among the overall population.   Learn more about the CDC flu vaccine effectiveness here .

As mentioned above, unlike what we know so far about COVID-19, the flu virus changes each year. It is important for the CDC to measure vaccine effectiveness to help future flu seasons. The CDC measures a vaccines effectiveness by using the following criteria:

  • Ability to prevent flu-related trips to the doctor
  • Limiting the need for hospitalization
  • Ability to protect against identified seasonal strains
  • Ability to protect different age groups from flu
  • Ability to protect special populations from flu

Effectiveness of flu vaccines in elderly and children

According to the CDC, if you are 65 or older, getting a flu vaccine reduces the risk of a medically attended illness caused by the flu virus by 60% and the risk of flu hospitalizations by 54%. If an elderly person has a weaker immune system, getting vaccinated against the flu can decrease the chances of becoming seriously ill, requiring hospitalization, or even dying.

Flu vaccination in children has been found to provide a similar level of protection against flu illness as seen in healthy adults. For children up to 8 years old it is recommended they receive 2 doses of flu vaccine the first time they are vaccinated against the flu (each dose should be separated by 4 weeks). 

Even if you are healthy and don’t usually get sick from the flu, it is important to receive your flu shot.  Receiving a flu shot not only protects you, but also those around you.  If you are around people 65 or older, people with weakened immune systems, or children you should get your flu shot to protect them as well as yourself.

For more information on how vaccine effectiveness is measured, visit the CDC website here

Visit any pharmacy for a flu shot today, no appointment needed. To keep everyone safe, we have implemented new safety measures this year:

  1. All patients getting a flu shot are required to wear a mask
  2. Please take a moment to complete the intake form here prior to coming to the pharmacy

The Effectiveness of the Flu Vaccine

One of the reasons people choose not to get a flu shot each year is because they believe it is not effective. The flu virus changes from season to season, this sometimes makes it challenging to guarantee its effectiveness. Recent CDC studies show a flu vaccine reduces the risk of getting the flu between 40%-60% among the overall population.   Learn more about the CDC flu vaccine effectiveness here .

As mentioned above, unlike what we know so far about COVID-19, the flu virus changes each year. It is important for the CDC to measure vaccine effectiveness to help future flu seasons. The CDC measures a vaccines effectiveness by using the following criteria:

  • Ability to prevent flu-related trips to the doctor
  • Limiting the need for hospitalization
  • Ability to protect against identified seasonal strains
  • Ability to protect different age groups from flu
  • Ability to protect special populations from flu

Effectiveness of flu vaccines in elderly and children

According to the CDC, if you are 65 or older, getting a flu vaccine reduces the risk of a medically attended illness caused by the flu virus by 60% and the risk of flu hospitalizations by 54%. If an elderly person has a weaker immune system, getting vaccinated against the flu can decrease the chances of becoming seriously ill, requiring hospitalization, or even dying.

Flu vaccination in children has been found to provide a similar level of protection against flu illness as seen in healthy adults. For children up to 8 years old it is recommended they receive 2 doses of flu vaccine the first time they are vaccinated against the flu (each dose should be separated by 4 weeks). 

Even if you are healthy and don’t usually get sick from the flu, it is important to receive your flu shot.  Receiving a flu shot not only protects you, but also those around you.  If you are around people 65 or older, people with weakened immune systems, or children you should get your flu shot to protect them as well as yourself.

For more information on how vaccine effectiveness is measured, visit the CDC website here

Visit any pharmacy for a flu shot today, no appointment needed. To keep everyone safe, we have implemented new safety measures this year:

  1. All patients getting a flu shot are required to wear a mask
  2. Please take a moment to complete the intake form here prior to coming to the pharmacy

The Similarities of the Flu & COVID-19

For the upcoming flu season, the influenza vaccine will be critical to reduce the impact of respiratory illness in our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Because we don’t currently have a way to prevent COVID-19 outside of social distancing, practicing good hygiene and disinfecting commonly used surfaces, it is highly recommended everyone get a flu vaccine this year.

Below are some of the symptoms of COVID-19 and how they compare to flu symptoms:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle pain or body aches
  • Headache
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults

Differences between COVID-19 and Flu

Similarities

Both COVID-19 and the flu have the following symptoms and are spread in similar ways.

  • Both can be transmitted through person to person contact or droplets from coughing, sneezing or talking.
  • Both can be transmitted by someone who isn’t showing signs of being sick or experiencing any symptoms.
  • Both can live on surfaces

Differences

  • COVID-19 and Influenza are different types of viruses that can cause similar symptoms in humans.
  • The Influenza virus  does not live in the air for a certain amount of time.
  • The flu spreads faster than COVID-19 and symptoms appear sooner. Flu symptoms become visible within 1-4 days while COVID-19 can take up to 14 days.
  • COVID-19 is more deadly than the flu.  The mortality rate for the flu is less than 1% of people infected while COVID-19 has a mortality rate of 4%-6% of people infected.
  • The most important difference is – there is a vaccine to prevent the flu!

Visit any pharmacy for a flu shot today, no appointment needed. To keep everyone safe, we have implemented new safety measures this year:

  1. All patients getting a flu shot are required to wear a mask
  2. Please take a moment to complete the intake form here prior to coming to the pharmacy

The Similarities of the Flu & COVID-19

For the upcoming flu season, the influenza vaccine will be critical to reduce the impact of respiratory illness in our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Because we don’t currently have a way to prevent COVID-19 outside of social distancing, practicing good hygiene and disinfecting commonly used surfaces, it is highly recommended everyone get a flu vaccine this year.

Below are some of the symptoms of COVID-19 and how they compare to flu symptoms:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle pain or body aches
  • Headache
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults

Differences between COVID-19 and Flu

Similarities

Both COVID-19 and the flu have the following symptoms and are spread in similar ways.

  • Both can be transmitted through person to person contact or droplets from coughing, sneezing or talking.
  • Both can be transmitted by someone who isn’t showing signs of being sick or experiencing any symptoms.
  • Both can live on surfaces

Differences

  • COVID-19 and Influenza are different types of viruses that can cause similar symptoms in humans.
  • The Influenza virus  does not live in the air for a certain amount of time.
  • The flu spreads faster than COVID-19 and symptoms appear sooner. Flu symptoms become visible within 1-4 days while COVID-19 can take up to 14 days.
  • COVID-19 is more deadly than the flu.  The mortality rate for the flu is less than 1% of people infected while COVID-19 has a mortality rate of 4%-6% of people infected.
  • The most important difference is – there is a vaccine to prevent the flu!

Visit any pharmacy for a flu shot today, no appointment needed. To keep everyone safe, we have implemented new safety measures this year:

  1. All patients getting a flu shot are required to wear a mask
  2. Please take a moment to complete the intake form here prior to coming to the pharmacy