It’s 2013, and none of us were killed off by the Mayan Apocalypse (fingers crossed). But we’re not through the woods yet – there’s something far more threatening than a potential doomsday looming upon us: the flu.

Yes, with all those people coughing and spewing around you (ew), it’s time for you to go get that annual flu shot. And if you’re not in the mood for dealing with those waiting rooms filled with more coughing and spewing people (more ew), there are many, many alternatives.

So bundle up, put on a sick mask, wish away your fear of needles and shuffle off to any of these events or locations. We’ll see you in health!

January 17, 2013

Visiting Nursing Association at Walden Galleria
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
One Walden Galleria, Buffalo
Ages 9 and older. Lower Level near Sephora.

Flu Prevention Partners in Buffalo
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
2805 Wherle Dr., Suite 2, Williamsville
In partnership with Passport Health of NY State, Flu Prevention Partners will be giving flu shots available for $40 (insurance accepted). Last day!

January 18, 2013

Flu & Pneumonia Vaccinations at Boulevard Mall
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
730 Alberta Dr., Amherst
The VNA will be holding vaccinations in the Sears Court of Boulevard Mall. Ages 9 and older.

January 20, 2013

Visiting Nursing Association Clinic
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
2100 Wehrle Dr., Williamsville
The VNA of Western NY will be administering flu shots ($30), FluMist ($40) and pneunomia shots ($60). Ages 9 and older.

January 22, 2013

MLK Day of Health at Buffalo City Hall
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
65 Niagara Sq., Buffalo

January 26, 2013

“Here’s to Your Health” Expo at Eastern Hills Mall
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
4545 Transit Rd, Williamsville
Come on in and stay a while because flu shots aren't all you’ll find at this Independent Nursing Care expo. Free giveaways, important information from local businesses and organizations and healthy living activities will take place throughout the day. Ages 9 or older, most health insurance accepted, co-pays and deductibles may apply. Call 716-655-8776 / 1-888-264-5854 for information.



Flu shots are available at AccelCare at 4154 McKinley Parkway in Blasdell for free, while supplies last. No appointment is needed. AccelCare is open 10 a.m.-8 p.m.


Flu shots are available at all CVS stores in the Buffalo area during pharmacy hours. No appointment needed.

K-Mart Pharmacy

Four types of flu vaccines available (flu shot $24.99, flu nasal spray $24.99, high-dose flu shot $49.99 and intradermal flu shot $24.99) until January 31.
2055 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga
1001 Hertel Ave., Buffalo
429 Orchard Park Rd., West Seneca

Passport Health Buffalo

The traveling clinic has a Buffalo location: 2805 Wehrle Drive, Suite 2, Buffalo. Insurance not accepted, minimum age 6 months. Call 855-729-2479 for an appointment and further information.


Flu shots are available at all Rite-Aid stores in the Buffalo area during pharmacy hours. No appointment needed.


As the website boasts, “Walk-ins welcome. No appointment necessary. Easy peasy.” Shots available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at all locations:
1575 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst
8290 Transit Rd., Williamsville
2626 Delaware Ave., Buffalo
1750 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga
4920 Transit Rd., Depew

Tops Markets

Tops prides itself on being “your neighborhood store with more,” and that “more” includes flu shots. Tops will be offering flu shots during the store’s pharmacy hours for $29.99 while there is an immunizing pharmacist on duty. Patients must be 19 years or older.
150 Prospect St., Attica
1770 Broadway, Buffalo
700 Thruway Plaza Dr., Cheektowaga
3870 Harlem Rd., Cheektowaga
64 E. Washington St., Ellicottville
4250 McKinley Pkwy., Hamburg
906 Center St., Lewiston
3949 Lockport/Olcott Rd., Lockport
1000 Portage Rd., Niagara Falls
4235 Military Rd., Town of Niagara
2383 Route 19, Warsaw
800 Harlem Rd., West Seneca

University at Buffalo

Students at UB heading back for spring semester can take advantage of Health Services right now. The flu shot is free to all registered UB students by appointment. Call 716-829-3316 to set one up.


Flu shots are available at all Walgreens stores in the Buffalo area during pharmacy hours. Walk-ins available, or schedule an appointment online.


Come to one of Wegmans’ walk-in flu shot days, or call your store for an appointment. The shot costs $24.99 unless otherwise covered by insurance. Ages 19 and over.
Alberta Drive: Mondays 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Tuesdays and Fridays 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Amherst Street: Thursdays, see pharmacy for details.
Dick Road: Tuesdays and Fridays, see pharmacy for details
Losson Road: Tuesdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursdays 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
McKinley: Mondays 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursdays 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
Military Road: Tuesdays 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Thursdays 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Niagara Falls Boulevard: Mondays 12 p.m.-5 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays by appointment, Fridays 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Sheridan Drive: Mondays 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Wednesdays 3 p.m.-6 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Transit Road: See pharmacy for details.
West Seneca: Mondays and Wednesdays, see pharmacy for details.

Contributed by Ashley Steves and Jake Knott