Options available for flu shots

The start of the flu season has health authorities urging virtually everyone to get an influenza vaccination.
In addition to medical providers, shots are available from pharmacies at Walgreens, Costco, Safeway, Rite-Aid and Target stores, among others.
Health officials note that each flu season, different flu viruses can spread affect people differently based on the virus and on their body’s ability to fight infection. Some flu seasons are worse than others, officials note, and no one can predict how severe the current season will be
Information on potential health risks of flu shots is available from the public health departments for Pierce, King and Kitsap counties, as well as from private physicians and other medical providers.
Bartell Drugs is on example of commercial outlets for flu shots. Bartell is offering in-store vaccinations at 61 of its stores, with no appointment necessary. Pharmacists can immunize anyone 5 years old and up (ages 5 through 17 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian). The company also is offering an off-site flu clinic program serving businesses and retirement communities with 15 or more employees or residents. For retirement communities, the program not only helps residents protect themselves, but getting a flu shot also protects those around them, some of whom may be at higher risk from complications associated with the flu.