Shoo, Flu

We have officially entered my favorite season – fall! I love fall for so many reasons: the weather, the return of football, the colors of the leaves, the pumpkin spice lattes, and of course flu vaccines! Now, I don’t actually love getting the shot but I do love everything they do for our guests and our teams so I thought I would share a bit about it.

Influenza, more commonly called the flu, is a respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, chills, cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches and a runny or stuffy nose. The flu spreads when people cough or sneeze causing the bug to land on nearby people – gross! Flu illnesses typically peak in January or February and effect anywhere from 5% to 20% of the population. The Flu can cause lots of complications including sinus infections, ear infection, and pneumonia. Complications like these cause on average 200,000 Americans to be hospitalized each year and 3,000 to 49,000 deaths – now that’s serious!

The good news is we have a seriously good way of preventing the flu from getting you – the flu shot! According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the flu vaccine is the single best way to prevent getting the flu and the CDC recommends that EVERYONE 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine. Even better news? You can get your flu shot at your nearby Target Pharmacy or Target Clinic- talk about convenient.  Target also offers several different vaccine options in addition to the traditional flu shot including a nasal mist, micro needle, preservative free, and high dose. Our Target clinicians and Target pharmacists are psyched about flu shot season and are ready to help our guests make the best choice for them.

Our pharmacy and clinic teams have been hard at work protecting our guests with flu vaccines for about a month now and they have given 150,000 shots already! But we don’t just want our guests to be healthy; we want our team to be healthy too! That’s why Target provides free flu vaccines to all Target team members. Being a partner in health to our team and guests while protecting our communities from the flu is really rewarding. So rewarding that our clinic and pharmacy teams are asking everyone they see if they want to get their flu shot today and having some really fun competitions to see who can give the most flu vaccines this season. And while they are giving those flu shots, I will be right there with them to help everyone to have the biggest, best and safest flu vaccine season ever.

So this fall while you are enjoying the changing leave colors and the return of football also think about preventing the flu with a vaccine. Our providers and pharmacists are ready to help you stay well this season – you can even enjoy a pumpkin spiced latte while you are visiting us!

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