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Why should I get a flu shot?

Getting your flu shot is important – now more than ever.  By getting your flu shot, you help protect yourself, your family, and your community. Don't wait to get your flu shot!  Flu shots are available for ages 2+ in New York and 3+ in Vermont. 


The key to staying healthy is prevention. So this flu season, protect yourself and your family by getting a flu shot at Kinney Drugs.


  • Flu shots are covered in full by many health insurance plans
  • Available for ages 2+ in NY, 3+ in VT



Who can administer flu shots?

In New York, pharmacists can administer flu shots to ages 2 and older.

In Vermont, pharmacists can administer flu shots to ages 3 and older.



What is Influenza?

Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory disease. It can cause mild to severe illness. Unlike a cold, flu symptoms usually come on suddenly. The most common symptom is a fever, which may not happen with a cold. Other symptoms include muscle or body aches, headache and fatigue, sore throat and runny nose.


What is the flu shot?

The flu shot is made up of several strains of DEAD or WEAKENED flu viruses. (PS: You are highly unlikely to get the flu from a dead or weakened flu virus.)  When you get your flu shot, your body naturally produces antibodies – or "disease fighters" – in response to the vaccine.  These disease-fighters remain on defense within your body to fight LIVE flu viruses.


Who should get vaccinated?

The CDC recommends that everyone at least 6 months of age get a flu vaccine every year. While everyone is at risk for various types of influenza, it is especially important for certain groups of people to get vaccinated. These people include:

  • Pregnant women
  • People 65 and older
  • Those with chronic health conditions including asthma, diabetes and heart disease
  • People who live with or care for others who are at high risk for developing serious complications from the flu