While you’re probably just gearing up for the season of colorful foliage and pumpkin spiced everything, it’s also time to prepare for flu season.
The Centers for Disease Control states that flu viruses are most common during late fall and winter and recommends anyone older than six months of age receive a yearly vaccination for the influenza virus.
Peak flu season typically doesn’t begin until December, but the CDC advises area residents to receive vaccines by the end of October, as flu vaccines can take up to two weeks to take effect. The vaccines are usually free with most insurance plans.
The following locations in the Historic Triangle are offering flu vaccines during their regular business hours:
Rite Aid is offering flu vaccines at its locations on 701 Merrimac Trail, 1303 Jamestown Road, and in the Ewell Station Shopping Center. Without insurance, a standard flu shot costs $32.99, or $39.99 for the four-strain flu vaccine.
Flu vaccines are also available at area CVS locations, which include 700 Merrimac Trail, 1187 Jamestown Road, and 1600 Richmond Road. CVS charges $39.99 for the four-strain flu vaccine for those without insurance and no appointment is necessary.
Walgreens is offering flu vaccines at 1309 Richmond Road. The standard three-strain vaccine costs $31.99 without insurance and no appointment is necessary.
Harris Teeter’s location at 1470 Quarterpath Road is offering flu vaccines, and those without insurance can be inoculated for $24.99.
For a full list of locations offering flu shots in your area, visit HealthMaps’s vaccine finder and enter your address.