Government flu shot?

By ilovelife82 Latest Reply 2013-10-04 14:02:00 -0500
Started 2013-10-01 17:53:51 -0500

Some of my friends on the social media sites has strongly discussed the recent government shutdown and in which they've stated the following: It doesn't affect food stamps or Social Security thank goodness, but unfortunately DOES affects the Center for Disease Control section that's responsible for the flu shots…which ironic & sad enough, the incident's happened just as the flu season is starting. I'm not too keen on politics myself because I just don't understand them but I am concerned about not getting my flu shot because a) despite what my family's said about the flu vaccine, it has helped me tremendously during the times when I was vaccinated especially considering that I have Type II diabetes and b) I'm uncertain if the shutdown will also affect getting the flu shot at, say, my local grocery store or CVS pharmancy/Walgreens where they do give flu shots through Medicare or other insurance…but mostly Medicare I think. Does anyone have any suggestions or comments in regards to what I've stated;is it too late to get the flu shot or is there still hope? I'd greatly appreciate anything that you can submit because to me they're always deeply appreciated and invaluable unconditionally…Thank you!

4 replies

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2013-10-04 14:02:00 -0500 Report

Walgreens is beating me over the head with their promotions for it. I imagine with it being October, a good portion of the vaccines would already have been made. Also, I'm not so sure these aren't produced and distributed by private companies, Big Pharma always finds a way to get their cash.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-10-02 19:03:27 -0500 Report

The best thing to do is call CVS, or your doctor. I have never had a flu shot in my life. My doctor won't give me the shot because I have not had the flu since I was in second grade many years ago.

Bun10 2013-10-02 12:56:41 -0500 Report

I read on line that vaccinations will not be affected. No shortages or delays will be anticipated.

RachelChavez 2013-10-02 11:28:01 -0500 Report

I'm not sure about the details on this but I would recommend calling your local CVS, Walgreens, wherever you typically get your flu shot, and ask them for an appointment as soon as possible. You can also discuss with them whether or not it will be covered. I can't imagine it would have a big impact at the beginning of the season since they prep the flu shots months in advanced but if the shutdown continues, it could impact people who were planning on getting their flu shots later on. Tell us what you find out!

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