GET YOUR FLU SHOT AT AN ACTUAL CLINIC NOT A RETAIL STORE LIKE WALGREEN’S OR TARGET
It is convenient to get a flu shot at a store like Target or Walgreens – plus they often give you a $5 gift card. The problem, they make you sign a liability waiver. This means you agree that they are not responsible for any injury you get from the flu shot, even if it is their fault. For example, if there is a bad batch of the flu vaccine and you get sick, no one is responsible. Likewise, if Target or Walgreens stores the vaccine improperly or mishandles and infects the needle they use on you, they are not responsible.
These stores should not be allowed to get a waiver from people before giving a flu shot. Most of the time, the waiver is in small print and people don’t even know what they are signing. Few customers would expect that a store is not responsible for giving a defective shot if the store did something wrong, but that is what they do.
AVOID SIGNING LIABILITY WAIVER
However, you can also get your flu shot at any medical clinic. You usually don’t need an appointment and the wait is often less than at Target or Walgreens. A medical clinic will not make you sign a waiver to get the flu vaccine, and your insurance will pay for the shot the same as they would at Target or Walgreens. Sometimes the retailers have promotions where they give you something, like a $5 gift card. You won’t get the extra bonus at your medical clinic, but it’s worth it.
Your chances of having a problem from a flu shot are extremely small no matter where you get it done. But why take the chance of a problem and let Target or Walgreens escape responsibility? They make money by giving the shots, so they should be responsible in the unlikely event that something goes wrong.