Pharmacies stocking up on flu vaccines, just before flu season begins


Doctors tell 13 WHAM flu season is just about to hit, and they say it's time to get your flu shot.

“This is something to protect the community, to protect the children and the elderly,” Matthew Capuano, the medical director at UR Medicine Urgent Care, said.

Capuano says even if you have a strong immune system, you still need to get the shot to protect others who may not be as healthy.

“When you're a young healthy person who gets the flu, it's maybe a bump in the road to recover in a couple days,” he explained. “But if you're at the grocery store, or department store and you have exposure to someone who's ill, you can get them sick really quick.”

Local pharmacies have just received the first deliveries of flu shots, and folks are already getting the shot to stay ahead of the flu curve.

“It is better to get it as soon as possible,” Roshan Tasgaonkar, Pharmacy Manager at Saratoga Pharmacy, said. “We have to think about the time it takes to build a resistance to the shot.”

Capuano added, “The more people that get vaccinated, the more likely it is that people that can't defend themselves against the illness, will be protected.”

Flu season starts in October. Once you get the flu shot, it takes about two weeks for your body to develop immunity.

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