Frequently Asked Questions


Is the Yellow Fever vaccine available?
Where can I get a flu shot?
I received a flu shot last year. Do I need to get a flu shot this year?
After I receive a flu shot, how long does it take for my body to be protected from the flu?
Who shouldn't get influenza vaccine?
Can I get the flu from the flu shot?
Is FluMist available?
Can I receive a pneumonia shot at the same time as the flu shot?
When should I receive my flu and pneumonia shot?
Can I get the flu shot if I am not feeling well?
Can my child receive a flu shot at the same clinic where I receive my flu shot?
What are the symptoms of influenza? How do I know I have influenza?
Does the flu shot protect against the "stomach flu"?

Is the Yellow Fever vaccine available?

The Shot Nurse has Yellow fever vaccine available at our Poplar office only for those traveling to areas of high risk or requiring an international certificate of vaccination for entry into that country.
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Where can I get a flu shot?

The Shot Nurse will come to your company, business or organization for a group of 10 or more. We also have three convenient office locations:

  • 714 N Germantown Parkway, Cordova
  • 4637 Poplar, Memphis
  • 7596 W Farmington Blvd, Germantown
No appt needed for groups or individuals in the office.
For more information or to arrange for on-site flu shots for your Employees, just email or call to set a time most convenient for you!
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I received a flu shot last year. Do I need to get a flu shot this year?

Yes. Due to antigenic drifts in the flu virus, most years at least one of the influenza virus subtypes changes. Because of these changes, the vaccine you received last year will offer little protection against the flu strain that is circulating this year. The World Health Organization along with other worldwide surveillance centers, monitor the flu virus and track what viruses are circulating around the world. Based on data from previous years and on predictions on the strains that will predominate in the coming year, a new vaccine is formulated every year.
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After I receive a flu shot, how long does it take for my body to be protected from the flu?

Generally protection against influenza(flu) develops about 2 weeks after getting the shot.
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Who shouldn't receive the influenza vaccine?

You should talk to your physician before receiving a flu shot if you: Ever had a severe allergic reaction to a previous dose of influenza vaccine, or to a vaccine component (e.g. eggs)
Have a history of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)
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Can I get the flu from the flu shot?

No. The influenza vaccine itself is an inactivated vaccine with no living components and therefore cannot cause disease with the influenza virus. Many people call any illness with fever and cold symptoms "the flu". They may expect influenza vaccine to prevent these illnesses. The influenza vaccine is effective only against illness caused by influenza viruses, and not against other illness.
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Is FluMist available?

FluMist Quadrivalent is still an FDA-licensed product. As such, there may be some supply of FluMist Quadrivalent on the U.S. market during the 2017-2018 season. It is important for clinicians and the public to be aware that because of concerns about this vaccine’s effectiveness, CDC recommends that this vaccine not be used during the 2016-2017 influenza season. For those who refuse to take an injection consider either the intradermal flu vaccine or Mist as another alternate. The intradermal is as effective as the shot however it is only indicated for 18-64.
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Can I receive a pneumonia shot at the same time as the flu shot?

Yes. If you are are at risk for pneumonia (see flu and pneumonia information) and have not already received a pneumonia shot, you can and should get your flu shot the same day as your pneumonia shot. You need a flu shot every year while your pneumonia shot is generally good for a lifetime.
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When should I receive my flu and pneumonia shot?

Today! Flu vaccine is usually available mid-October to March. People who are at high risk of complications (death) due to influenza are encouraged to receive their flu shot in October. Vaccine is most effective when it is received 2-4 months before exposure to influenza. Pneumonia shots are available all year round and you can receive them any time of year.
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Can I get the flu shot if I am not feeling well?

If you have a minor illness or a slight fever it is not a reason to skip your flu shot. However, if you have a high fever (102 degrees or greater) you should put off your flu shot until your fever comes down. If you are taking antibiotics you can still receive your flu shot.
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Can my child receive a flu shot at the same clinic where I receive my flu shot?

Maybe. You may be able to have your child vaccinated at the same time you receive a flu shot. We provide flu shots to children 4 years or older. If your child is receiving influenza vaccine for the first time and they are nine years of age or younger, they will have to receive two doses of influenza vaccine one month apart. Please consult with your pediatrician. Additionally, your pediatrician's office may be offering the influenza vaccine as well.
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What are the symptoms of influenza? How do I know I have influenza?

The flu is different from a cold. Influenza usually comes on suddenly and may include these symptoms: fever, headache, tiredness(can be extreme), dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, and body aches. These symptoms are usually referred to as "flu-like symptoms."

Your respiratory illness might be the flu if you have sudden onset of body aches, fever, and respiratory symptoms, and your illness occurs during November through April (the usual flu season in the Northern Hemisphere). However, during this time, other respiratory illnesses can cause similar symptoms and flu can be caught at any time of the year. It is impossible to tell for sure if you have the flu based on symptoms alone. Doctors can perform tests to see if you have the flu if you are in the first few days of yourillness.
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Does the flu shot protect against the "stomach flu"?

Many people use the term "stomach flu" to describe illnesses with nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. These symptoms can be caused by many different viruses, bacteria, or even parasites. While vomiting, diarrhea, and being nauseous or "sick to your stomach" can sometimes be related to the flu - particularly in children - these problems are rarely the main symptoms of influenza. The flu is a respiratory disease and not a stomach or intestinal disease. The influenza vaccine (flu shot) only protects you fromrespiratory influenza viruses.
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For more information, go to Services and view each vaccine.

Announcements: 6/27/17


The 2016-2017 FLU VACCINE IS NOW AVAILABLE

We also have the NEW QUADRIVALENT FLU VACCINE & HIGH DOSE FLU VACCINE FOR THOSE OVER 65.

The CDC advises Universal Annual Flu Vaccination for EVERYONE over 6 months.




Most Insurances accepted for Vaccinations


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Travel vaccines are in high demand as mission groups, vacationing families, research teams, student groups and individuals plan travel outside of the United States. Travel Vaccinations are The Shot Nurse’s specialty! Our specialists will consult with you about what is needed for your trip abroad including the hard to find yellow fever vaccine with documentation. You’ll even receive a complimentary prescription for Malaria medication during your trip! Click here to view our extensive travel vaccination page.