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Flu Shot Information

Flu Shots are Still Available! Protect Yourself and Your Family.

Flu shot sessions have ended, but there are still two ways to get a flu shot through Lifetime Health:

1. Visit a Lifetime Health Pharmacy*

2. Get one at your next office visit** 

* Flu shots are available at all Lifetime Health pharmacies in Buffalo and Rochester for adults ages 18 and up. No appointment needed.

** For children under the age of 3, contact your pediatrician's office to schedule an appointment for a flu shot (phone numbers are listed at the bottom of this page).

Benefits of Getting a Flu Shot

The annual flu vaccine is now available, and getting one as soon as possible is very important both for your own health, and to protect the health of others you may come in contact with who are at greater risk for flu and its complications. Receiving the flu shot now will offer you the most protection throughout the flu season. More information is available on the CDC’s website.

What are common flu symptoms?

  • runny nose
  • headache
  • cough and sore throat
  • fever and/or chills
  • severe body aches and
  • fatigue.

Flu is more severe than a cold and comes on more rapidly. While it typically lasts a few days, it can go on for two weeks, barring complications such as pneumonia or other respiratory ailment.

Who is at risk for flu?

The groups at greatest risk for the flu are:

  • People with underlying lung conditions such as asthma or emphysema
  • Diabetics
  • People over the age of 65,
  • Children under the age of six months who are not able to be vaccinated yet.
  • Pregnant women are also at risk of contracting complications if they get the flu.

Can the flu shot make me sick?

The flu shot is safe and effective. Side effects of being vaccinated could include a sore shoulder and a low-grade fever and it is not possible to contract the flu from the flu vaccine.

How do I get a flu vaccine?

More flu shot sessions are now available at Lifetime Health Medical Group! Copays for flu shots apply for each individual patient. If you are already experiencing flu-like symptoms, contact your practice today at the number listed below.

What kind of flu vaccines will be offered this year?

The flu shot sessions will have a quadrivalent vaccine (the kind used for most individuals), as well as preservative-free vaccine available for those patients who need it.  The High-Dose vaccine, usually recommended for those age 65 or older, will be available at the Lifetime Health Pharmacies or through an office visit with your Lifetime Health provider. The Intradermal flu vaccine will also be available only through the Pharmacies or an appointment in primary care.

How do I know if my insurance covers the flu shot?

The insurances accepted at the flu shot sessions include: Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Plans, CIGNA, EBS-RMSCO, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Independent Health, Medicare, MVP, POMCO, United Healthcare, and Univera Healthcare. To confirm the provider of the flu shot sessions, Flu Prevention Partners, accepts your specific insurance plan, call your insurer's Member Services department. If you'd like to receive your flu shot at one of our pharmacies, please see the pharmacist for insurance coverage details. Lifetime Health Medical Group accepts all major insurances for primary care and pediatrics visits, including visits where a flu vaccination is given.

Can I still get a flu shot if I don't have insurance?

Yes. For individuals paying out of pocket, or if insurance does not cover flu vaccination, the shot is available for $40.

Buffalo Practices:

Amherst: 716-689-0040
Hamburg: 716-648-3040
Mosher: 716-878-2700

Rochester Practices:

Artemis Health:585-244-7330
Greece: 585-227-6700
Irondequoit: 585-467-4290
Folsom: 585-424-6210
Perinton: 585-248-5300
Westfall Pediatrics: 585-473-3900
Wilson: 585-338-1400

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