It's good to wait if you can, but you also need to be aware of what is going on in your community at the time. If it starts circulating, get the vaccine, because it takes about two weeks to develop the full immunity after you receive it.
The other thing is that most of us live very busy lives, so if you have the opportunity to get a flu shot, take it, because you might get busy with life, and it may be difficult to do later.
Are all Walmart associates eligible for flu shots with no out-of-pocket cost?
Associates with no insurance and most associates in the Walmart Medical Plan can receive shots at Walmart or Sam’s Club pharmacies. For other plans and HMOs, you should check with your insurance provider to find out where you can receive your flu shot with no out-of-pocket cost.
Is there anything else you’d mention to keep associates healthy and safe during flu season?
In years past, when we’ve had Wellness Days during the flu season, that’s been an occasion for getting your flu shot. We don’t plan to have in-person wellness days this year, but we do plan to have virtual wellness days. If you’re used to getting your flu shot at a wellness day event, you might not be able to this year, so make the extra effort to get out and get your flu shot this year.
The first virtual wellness days kicks off in late August. The focus is delivering simple, practical, home-based health tips. These tips center around nutrition (particularly as it relates to diabetes), heart health (particularly high blood pressure) and mental health (particularly around anxiety and depression). It’s important to think about taking care of ourselves especially in these stressful times when we’re at home and may not have access to some of the things that usually help us in these areas.
For additional information about the associate flu shots, see below: