SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Major drug stores such as CVS and Rite Aid already have flu shots in stock and the stores are promoting them in advertising and on their front doors.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic customers want to avoid the rush.
This year there is a higher dose version for people 65 and older.
Since flu and COVID-19 symptoms can be similar some patients wants to get their flu shot to rule out the flu.
Cindy Beraldo has asthma and got her flu shot as soon as she could.
"I feel like if I do have symptoms of flu, I can feel more assured that I can sort out, " said Beraldo.
Raymond Lopez is on the fence about getting a flu shot.
But since flu symptoms are similar to COVID-19 Lopez said, "You can rule out the flu by getting the flu shot."
Stephanie Henson said Medicare covered her shot she gets because she has underlying health conditions.
The flu vaccine takes about two weeks to start working and is covered by most insurance.
Pharmacies offering the vaccine do not require appointments.