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Dr Fauci says he gets his flu shot “towards the middle and end of October”

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I plan to do the same again this year.  Last year, it was a minor hassle for me, to find a local provider of a "65 or older" flu vaccine.

The linked vaccine finder web site allows you to select providers by various criteria like: distance, your age, and type of vaccine you want.  It's appears to be a pure public service site, without any desire to steer you in a particular commercial direction.  It does encourage you to get vaccinated.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/16/when-dr-anthony-fauci-gets-his-flu-shot-and-why.html

https://www.vaccinefinder.org/

 

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Strange that the link for my area didn't show any drug stores that I know give the vaccines because I got one yesterday.  It only showed WalMart and Grocery pharmacies.

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Yes, similar for me.  The dominant in-town pharmacies here are CVS, Wallgreens and Rite Aide, none of which were listed on the search results.  I got 13 matches for Flu (65+) within 10 miles.  They were supermaket/Walmart pharmacies, a local pharmacy that is not part of a chain, walk-in clinics and a visiting nurses group. 

This is sheer speculation on my part.  I suspect data is entered by the business at their option.  A flu shot is probably more a public service than a profit center.  So the more established players may have decided, "why bother".

Last year, I called CVS, Walgreens and Costco several times before one had 65+ shots in stock.  If I had known about this site, I would have tried the local CVS and then this site, and would probably have been on my way after 2 calls and 1 search.

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Costco Colorado Springs had the 65+ vaccines and we were there and only two ahead of us. So we got them a week ago. No reactions other than the  minor soreness for 24 hours.

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We have all of the mentioned drug stores near our home and they all do the flu shot. We got ours at wall greens  since they are the nearest.

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Our wallgreen has poor customer service in general. I use CVS. my CVS store ran out of the HD shot, they called around and the CVS twice as far was the only one with the HD. The technician said she had given 45 HD shots since they opened. 1/2 a day.

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At the recommendation of our doctor, we got ours about a week ago. Living in a senior citizens community, the staff here arranged for a local independent pharmacy to come to us and to avoid any covid issues the actually came to each home. 

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We got ours the first of September, the pharmacies were advertising as was the AZ department of Public Health.  We’ll get another one in February if there is a lot of flu around.

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2 hours ago, Barbaraok said:

We got ours the first of September, the pharmacies were advertising as was the AZ department of Public Health.  We’ll get another one in February if there is a lot of flu around.

That seems reasonable. But after a few minutes of research, and navel gazing, I'm inclined to stick with Dr. Fauci's recommendation.

"In adults, studies have not shown a benefit from getting more than one dose of vaccine during the same influenza season, even among elderly persons with weakened immune systems."

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/misconceptions.htm

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On 9/25/2020 at 4:06 PM, DanZemke said:

This is sheer speculation on my part.  I suspect data is entered by the business at their option. 

It's right there on the home page of the website you linked to:
 

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Are you a vaccine provider? Register to display your vaccination services.

If you would like to list a pharmacy, clinic, health department or other vaccine provider, you will first need to register for an account. After your account is approved, you will receive instructions on how to submit information about your vaccination services. There is no fee to participate in HealthMap Vaccine Finder.

 

 

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Thanks for the clarification.

However,  my impression is that your quote is only about registering for the site,  not subsequently updating information.

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Well, it says that in order to list a provider, you first register for an account, and once the account is approved, "you will receive instructions on how to submit information about your vaccination services."
 

 

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And my speculation was/is that the reason the site is less helpful than it could be,  is because some businesses choose not to keep it up to date on vaccine availability for their locations.

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