Hy-Vee pharmacies offering flu shots
Hy-Vee is providing flu vaccines at its more than 270 pharmacy locations, with no appointment or prescription necessary. Drive-thru flu clinics also will be offered at Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations throughout the company’s eight-state region on select days.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends individuals 6 months old and older get a flu vaccine each year to prevent getting and spreading the flu virus. Australia is nearing the end of its worst flu season in five years, according to a report from the country's Department of Health and Aged Care, a sign that flu activity in the United States could reach pre-pandemic levels during the 2022-2023 season, the retailer said.
For the third consecutive year, drive-thru flu clinics will be offered outside of many Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations between Sept. 6 and Oct. 27 during the following times each week: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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Hy-Vee pharmacists conduct a screening process prior to vaccination to ensure each individual is receiving the most beneficial flu vaccine for their health. Both regular- and high-dose flu vaccines are available at Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations. Medicare and most insurance plans cover the flu vaccine and other immunizations at no charge. At this time, all vaccine patients must wear a mask during their vaccination, according to CDC guidelines.
Currently, flu vaccines are available without a prescription during regular pharmacy hours to patients 6 months old and older at Hy-Vee’s Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota locations; or 3 years old and older in Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin locations, according to the Department of Health and Human Services PREP Act.
Patients aged 12 years old and older may also receive their COVID-19 vaccine or booster at the time of their flu shot at their local Hy-Vee Pharmacy. Patients seeking both the flu and COVID-19 immunization should notify their pharmacist upon arrival.
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In addition, each patient who receives a flu vaccine at a Hy-Vee Pharmacy can earn a 20 cent Hy-Vee Fuel Saver + Perks reward, which can be redeemed at any Fast & Fresh, Fast & Fresh Express or Dollar Fresh Market fuel location.
The retailer also will be offering workplace vaccination clinics using its fleet of Hy-Vee Healthy You Mobiles and Hy-Vee Health mobile trailers. Employers who wish to schedule an onsite clinic for their employees can email [email protected] for more details. Clinics are typically conducted from September through November.