So Many Tasks; So Little Weekend

As the weekend draws to a close, all I can think about it how everything I needed to get done that I didn’t get too. That’s why this sponsored post with CVS MinuteClinic is so timely. If I am going to do something like a flu shot, it has got to be quick and super easy.

I know some people don’t think they need the flu shot but this mama has NO time to get sick. And while a common cold is not going to bring me down, the fever headache, sore throat, dry cough, stuffy or runny nose and muscle aches that come with the flu sideline me every time.

Plus since it’s a respiratory infection, my weak lungs put me at greater risk. Not to mention the possibility of infecting my husband or kid who both have asthma and breathing problems.

And even though the flu season doesn’t peak until January it starts now. And it takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop in your body to provide protection, so it’s never too soon! Get to the shots ASAP friends. I did the research so you don’t have to. Click through and check it out!

There are several options available for flu shots!

• Regular seasonal flu shot: The CVS MinuteClinic offers Trivalent and Quadrivalent shot this year. The Trivalent Vaccine (TIV) contains 2 A strains and 1 B strain of the influenza virus. This has been the standard flu vaccine since the late 1970s. The Quadrivalent Vaccine (QIV) protects against an additional B strain. This vaccine was created based on research from the past 12 influenza seasons. This vaccine offers an additional layer of protection against the flu.

Cases when CVS MinuteClinic is not the right choice for your flu shot:
• For those who might be squeamish about needles an intradermal shot is a great choice for
adults 18-64 but it may not be covered by all insurance providers.) CVS MinuteClinic is not offering the intradermal shot this year

• High dose vaccination for customers 65 years and up (provides an elevated level of antigens, which create a stronger immune response in seniors)

• The MinuteClinic vaccinates patients 18 months and older. If you have a child between 6-18
months, they should receive their vaccination from a pediatrician. (Guidelines by state for MinuteClinic: 18 months and older; 24 months in KY; 5 years and older in CT.)

About insurance:
• Health insurance plans,including Medicare Part B, typically cover the full cost of a flu shot, and MinuteClinic accepts most insurance. You can also pay out of pocket.

Prevention:

Even though a vaccination is the first line of defense against the flu, eating right, exercising regularly, washing your hands and getting enough sleep (7-8 hours a night!) can also help. Also remeber the these daily tips to keep healthy and help to prevent cold and flu:

• Wash your hands with soap and water often, especially after you cough or sneeze. When you wash, wet hands thoroughly, work up a lather and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol-based sanitizer is not as effective as hand-washing but it’s a great alternative.

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze, and discard of the tissue in the trash. Sneeze into your sleeve if a tissue is not available.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, as germs can spread easily that way.

• Avoid contact with those who are sick. Flu is believed to be mainly spread from person-to-person contact (coughing and sneezing doesn’t help!)

• If you are sick, stay home from school or work to keep others from getting infected.

• Disinfect surfaces. Use a product that kills household germs and be sure to thoroughly wipe down handles, faucets and all surfaces that you touch often – don’t forget your workspace and car! If you use public transportation, be sure to wash your hands as soon as you get to your destination.

• Think you might be sick? Don’t wait and see – get help right away! Early flu treatment (within 72 hours of exposure to the virus) has been proven to reduce the length and severity of illness. If you think you might have the flu or have been exposed to someone with the flu, see a health care professional right away.

Still on the fence or need more info? To learn more about the flu, how to keep yourself healthy, and what to do if you do get sick visit www.cdc.gov/flu and MinuteClinic’s vaccination offerings at: http://bit.ly/ZQZVDn. Check out tips and ways to fight the flu from MinuteClinic Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer Angela Patterson here: http://bit.ly/1YzfdX9

And if you need more incentive, know that customers receive a 20% off CVS/pharmacy Shopping pass when they get a flu shot at CVS/pharmacy or MinuteClinic. *Disclaimer: Not available in MA, RI, PA and NY

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