This piece was originally published by Donald Hackett. Follow him on LinkedIn.

When you’re picking up a few items at the local pharmacy and spot an on-site vaccination clinic, would getting vaccinated be a smart move?

Yes, says the Centers of Disease and Control (CDC).

Getting a flu shot at a pharmacy is safe! And it’s very convenient. What’s more, it’s an easy way to keep up-to-date on your other immunizations.

Did you know there are over 280,000 pharmacists trained to administer vaccines? And their scope of service and authority has greatly expanded over the past few years.

Which means, you may save a visit to the doctor’s office!

#CVS, #RiteAid, #Walgreens, and most independent pharmacies offer more than just the flu shot. Pharmacies now administer #hepatitis A and B, #pneumonia, #polio, #shingles, #Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), and #varicella (chickenpox).

And many pharmacies offer travel immunizations for #typhoid, #yellowfever, and other diseases.

As with your doctor’s office, most pharmacies will file your insurance form, and under the Affordable Care Act, government insurers are required to cover the basic costs of immunizations for adults and children.

When in doubt, your pharmacist should first check your benefit eligibility with your insurer. If you’re paying cash out-of-pocket, ask about the price for each vaccine.

If you are uninsured, many states offer free health clinics and community health centers that provide preventative vaccination care for free.

Moreover, before leaving the pharmacy, ask your pharmacist to forward your vaccination information to your doctor’s office, and upload it to the state immunization registry, so this new information can be added to your record.