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FAQs

  • Q:

    When does flu season start? When should I get a flu shot?

    A:
    Flu season begins in the fall and ends in spring with the peak of flu season occurring from late November through March. Flu vaccine is available now at any of the three Vyto's Pharmacy locations. No appointment necessary, and we accept over 4000 insurances, including Medicare & Medicaid.
  • Q:

    Why should I get a flu shot? Do I really need it?

    A:
    The Flu (Influenza) is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization or worse. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get sick from the flu and spread it to others. An annual seasonal flu shot is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community. (www.cdc.gov)
  • Q:

    How do I know if I have the flu?

    A:
    Visit your healthcare provider if you exhibit a combination of symptoms such as: • Fever • Cough • Sore throat • Runny or stuffy nose • Muscle or body aches • Headaches • Fatigue The flu is a respiratory virus and usually does not cause vomiting or diarrhea although those symptoms can happen with children.
  • Q:

    Who is at the highest risk for complications from the flu?

    A:
    According to the CDC, the following groups are at highest risk for flu complications: • Children younger than 2 years old • Adults 65 years and older • Pregnant women and women up to 2 weeks from end of pregnancy • People with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, heart failure, chronic lung disease) and people with a weak immune system (such as diabetes, HIV) • People younger than 19 years of age who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy
  • Q:

    Why do I need a flu shot every year?

    A:
    A flu shot is needed every season for two reasons. First, the body’s immune response from vaccination declines over time, so an annual vaccine is needed for optimal protection. Second, because flu viruses are constantly changing, the formulation of the flu vaccine is reviewed each year and sometimes updated to keep up with changing flu viruses. For the best protection, everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated annually. (www.cdc.gov)
  • Q:

    Are there medications to treat the flu?

    A:
    Yes. Your healthcare provider can prescribe antiviral drugs that fight against the flu in your body. Antiviral drugs are a second line of defense against the flu once you have already contracted the illness. There are currently two medications available. They are oseltamivir and zanamivir and they are primarily used to treat very ill people who contract the flu (for example someone hospitalized) or in danger of serious complications resulting from the flu virus. Treatment plans vary but in most cases it is best to take the medication within two days of contracting the illness for a period of five days.
  • Q:

    Are there any side effects of the flu medications?

    A:
    Depending on the type of antiviral prescribed side effects vary but most common are stomach upset and diarrhea. The pharmacist will review side effects with you if you are prescribed these medications.
  • Q:

    Are there any over the counter medications I should avoid if I am taking prescribed flu medications?

    A:
    Currently there are no over the counter medications that should be avoided when taking prescribed flu medications but always check with your doctor and your pharmacist regarding your particular health situation when combining medications.
  • Q:

    How old do you need to be to get a vaccinated?

    A:
    A Pharmacist can vaccinate any age with any vaccine if there is a prescription for the person receiving it. A pharmacist can only vaccinate patients who are 11 years of age or older with a standing order or protocol. The one exception is Pneumonia which is 65 or older.
  • Q:

    Does the flu shot work right away?

    A:
    No – a flu shot can take about two weeks for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza virus infection. That’s why it’s better to get vaccinated early, before the flu season really gets under way. (www.cdc.gov)
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Current location:

6949 Kennedy Avenue
Hammond, IN 46323

Hours:

Hammond: Monday - Friday: 8am - 7pm Saturday: 8am - 2pm
Highland: Monday - Friday: 9am - 7pm Saturday: 9am - 1pm
Highland 45th Ave: Monday - Friday: 9am - 7pm
Hohman: Monday - Friday: 9am - 6pm Saturday: Closed
All locations closed Sunday

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Contact Information:

Phone:
219-845-2900
219-845-2900
Fax:
219-844-1983
219-844-1983
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