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California is currently experiencing a flu outbreak, and health officials believe this could be the worst flu season in years.

The good news is, there’s still time to get your flu shot! To make it even easier for you, you now you have two options: You can get your flu shot at your doctor’s office or at the pharmacy.

Here are some Commonly Asked Questions about Flu Shots:

I’ve heard that the flu shot isn’t very effective this year, so why should I get vaccinated?

While it’s true that this year’s vaccine seems to be less effective than in recent years, it can still protect you. And even if you get the flu, it can make the symptoms less severe and help you avoid serious complications. Health officials are strongly recommending people get the flu shot, and we hope you will take advantage of your SCAN coverage and get your shot this flu season.

Is the flu shot available at all pharmacies?

The flu shot is available at most pharmacies within the SCAN network, but it’s a good idea to give your pharmacy a call just in case to see if they’re offering the shot and when you can come in to get it.

Some pharmacies may have an on-site clinic that offers flu vaccines. Be sure to get your vaccine from the pharmacist at the pharmacy counter and show them your SCAN member ID card. No prescription needed.

How do I know which pharmacies are offering the flu shot?

Most pharmacies in the SCAN network are offering the flu shot, including:  

  • Costco
  • CVS
  • Ralphs Pharmacy
  • Rite Aid
  • Safeway Pharmacy
  • Sav-On Pharmacy
  • Vons Pharmacy
  • Walgreen's
  • Walmart
  • Select Independent Pharmacies

If you’d like to know for sure if a particular pharmacy is giving flu shots, give them a call or call SCAN Member Services at 1-800-559-3500 (TTY Users: 711).

Do I have to get my flu shot at the pharmacy?

No, you can still get your shot at your doctor’s office. The pharmacy is just another option for you.

How much does the flu shot cost?

The flu shot is free, just like when you get it at your doctor’s office. Remember, though, that you might be charged a copayment if you get your flu shot at your doctor’s office while you’re seeing him or her for something else.

Why should I get a flu shot?

The flu can be a serious condition that can lead to hospitalization and even death. Even healthy people can get the flu and spread it to others. And because the flu strain is different each year, you need to have that flu season's vaccine.

When should I get my flu shot?

The flu season typically lasts from October to January or February. Flu shots begin being offered in late summer. Because it can take several weeks for the vaccine to begin working, we recommend getting the shot as early as possible.

Doesn't the flu shot have side effects and sometimes cause the flu?

Some people may experience mild side effects, like soreness where you had the shot or a mild headache – much easier than having the flu itself. The bottom line is the flu shot is safe, effective and recommended every year. 

To learn more about the myths and facts about the flu shot, visit the CDC’s Misconceptions about Seasonal Flu and Flu Vaccines website.

Where can I learn more about the flu?

The CDC’s flu website has a lot of useful information about flu prevention, symptoms and diagnosis, treatment and more. 

Watch the video and learn more!