Flu shots are available in Truckee at the Tahoe Forest Pharmacy, 10956 Donner Pass Road, located in the Medical Office Building, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm. For more information, please call (530) 587-7607.
Flu shots* are $39**.
*Vaccine pricing for flu shots is $39.00 for cash pay but is subject to change. Eligible patients with Medicare B and most insurances will cover the cost of the flu shot and result in either a copay or no charge. However, we cannot guarantee your cost until we run the prescription through the insurance for authorization.
**High Dose (Recommended 65 and over) at additional charge
- The CDC recommends everyone over the age of 6 months get a flu shot each year. It is still the best way to prevent or lessen flu
- Flu season is not over until end of April
- Other flu strains may pop up later in the season
- If you get the flu, your signs and symptoms are less severe if you’ve had the flu vaccine
How can you tell the difference between a cold and the flu?
Because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Special tests that usually must be done within the first few days of illness can tell if a person has the flu. If ill and suspect flu, seek care early (especially important for children and older adults).
What are the symptoms of the flu versus the symptoms of a cold?
The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems.
How can you help avoid the spread of infection?
Stay home if you are ill for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. Clean your hands by washing them or using alcohol gel/foam. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth—germs spread this way. Cover your mouth and nose with tissue when sneezing or coughing. Routinely disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces like keyboards, doorknobs, phones, etc.