Still Haven't Gotten Your Flu Shot?
Options Are Available
Possible options for finding a location to receive the flu vaccine may include:
- Contacting your health care provider. Individuals can check with their managed care plans/insurers regarding alternatives should their assigned provider not have flu vaccine.
- Checking with your local health department to see if they have flu vaccine in stock or any upcoming clinics. A directory of local health departments is available at http://localhealth.nj.gov
- Contacting a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). A directory is available at http://web.doh.state.nj.us/apps2/fhs/cphc/cphcSearch.aspx
- Checking the Flu Vaccine Finder available on the NJ Department of Health’s Flu Website: http://nj.gov/health/cd/topics/flu.shtml
- Families who need help paying for vaccines should ask their healthcare provider about Vaccines for Children (VFC). The VFC program provides vaccines to uninsured and underinsured children younger than 19 years old. Parents may have to pay administration and office visit fees.
In New Jersey, a pharmacist can administer an influenza vaccine to a patient who is seven years of age or older provided certain requirements are met
(A-3251/S-2567). Prior to administering vaccines to patients under 18 years of age, parental or legal guardian’s permission must be obtained. For a patient who is under 12 years of age, a pharmacist must also obtain a prescription from an authorized prescriber prior to the administration of the vaccine.
Certain pharmacies have clinics, such as CVS “minute clinics” which have clinical staff who are able to immunize children at younger ages. You would need to check with the individual pharmacy.