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Flu Shots Currently Available

Giant stores are already gearing up for flu season by offering vaccinations for $30 per person.

It may still look and feel like summer, but Giant Food is already offering flu shots at its in-store pharmacy locations—including the .

“Flu shots are reformulated every year, so it’s important people are vaccinated on an annual basis," said Gayle Shields, director of pharmacy operations for Giant Food in a press release. “Giant is proud to offer seasonal flu shots at all 159 of our in-store pharmacies in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and Washington, DC.” 

Appointments aren't necessary and the shots cost $30 per person, according to a press release. Giant Food accepts most major insurance plans along with Medicare.

The grocery store chain has also partnered with various health-related vendors to offer a free coupon book worth more than $30, while supplies last, to customers who receive a flu shot. 

In addition to giving the annual flu shot, Giant pharmacists are also available to provide on-site flu clinics at workplaces and businesses. For more information or to schedule an on-site flu clinic at a convenient location, readers can call 888-469-4426.

If you'd rather wait to get a flu shot, Anne Arundel County Department of Health will be hosting flu clinics starting Oct. 1. See for additional information or call the Department of Health Flu Information Line at 410-222-7343 or visit www.aahealth.org.

Do you know of other places in town offering flu shots? Will you be getting one this year? Tell us in the comments.

Patrick H. August 28, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Having just relocated from Mass. I was wondering if anyone knew if it were mandatory that our kids have flue shots (we've heard nothing good about them)?
Susan Jenkins August 28, 2012 at 09:46 PM
It's not mandatory for students, but the school system has offered FluMist vaccines for free at elementary schools in the past. They typically send a permission slip home in advance and parents may choose whether they want their kids to receive it. Note that it's not a shot, but a nasal mist.
Ella Vader August 29, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Hi Patrick H. I would love to know what negative things you have heard about the flu shot. Hopefully, your information was gained from a trusted/knowledgeable source. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 36,000 people die from flu related causes each year (most vulnerable are young and old). A flu shot seems like an easy way to prevent illness and possible death. Source:http://www2.aap.org/immunization/illnesses/flu/influenza.html
Patrick H. August 29, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Ellsa -Just that there are so many different types of flu and you only get protected from one. Also that the deaths you speak of are mostly 'flu related' and not from the actual flu. If people address the symptoms when they arise a lot of those deaths may be avoided. Also - out of the 36,000 I would venture to guess (I'm not a betting man) that there are very few coming out of the school system. Do you have any numbers on kids that went to school without the vaccine that actually got sick? Susan - thanks for the information. It helps. Hope to see you both at a PTA meeting.

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