What is an Elipson Sound Tree?

October 31st, 2014 by Kimberly · No Comments

What is the Elipson Sound Tree?

What is the Elipson Sound Tree?

I love to share the odd and interesting, as well as the shockingly expensive, items that I run across on Costco’s shopping sites.  And this definitely fits the bill!  I can’t even remember how I ran across this initially, but I knew the second I saw it that I had to share it with everyone.  I found it on Costco.co.uk and now am fascinated by it and want to know who has this in their house.  Isn’t it weird looking?  Doesn’t it seem like some kind of crazy Christmas decoration?

So, really, what is an Elipson Sound Tree?  Basically, it is a speaker system.  A very artistically created one, albeit, but that’s what it is.  The little balls, that they call “fruits”, are where the music comes out of and the trunk is the sub-woofer.  I don’t think that definition really does it justice, so here’s what they say about it on Costco.co.uk:

The Elipson Sound Tree is a unique and innovative multi-speaker sound system designed by artists Maurizio Galante, Tal Lancman & Jean-Yves Le Porcher for Elipson. The Sound Tree creates a forest like environment – the twelve spherical ‘speaker-fruits’ are suspended from the ceiling by creeper-cables connected to the ‘trunk’.

Elipson Sound Tree with Music Centre and Planet L Stand in Red

Elipson Sound Tree with Music Centre and Planet L Stand in Red

The Sound Tree ‘trunk’ – the cylindrical base unit – features a built-in 8 inch active subwoofer for low frequencies and a high gloss red lacquer finish. The twelve ‘speaker-fruits’ feature spherical speakers for medium and high frequencies. Each speaker houses a 4 inch coaxial driver and a ¾ inch tweeter with 30W handing power and a fibre glass reinforced resin cabinet and an in keeping high gloss red lacquer finish.

The Elipson Music Centre is a carved aluminium disk that is powered by Bang & Olufsen ICEpower technology that plays your music through the suspended ‘speaker-fruits’. The WiFi USB dongle provided allows you to wirelessly connect your devices to seamlessly play your favourite music. The Music Centre features premium digital technology including a CD player, USB input and Digital DAB/DAB+ and RDS FM radio.

It’s so crazy looking, I can’t help but wonder who has it in their house and what else they have.  How do you even come up with this design?  I also wonder about the sound quality.  Does this “fruit” and “trunk” design give you a better, more encompassing sound experience?  Does it make it feel like the music is coming from all around you?  Can you hear all of the little delicate sounds that you sometimes miss with a regular speaker setup?  Is it hard to install?  How do they determine where the “speaker fruits” should hang?

So if you were thinking you would pick one of these up, you can get it online at Costco.co.uk.  But it will cost you to have this glorious sound and design experience.  This fancy made to order music and speaker system will run you £14,899.99!  But hey, that includes a site survey to determine the important things like the installation position, site access and cable routing requirements.  And of course, they will deliver it and fully install it as well.  I love having quality speakers, but I’m not sure I love it quite £15,000 worth.

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Costco US Coupon Book: October 30 – November 23, 2014

October 28th, 2014 by Kimberly · 1 Comment

The new Costco US coupon book starts on Thursday, October 30, and runs until just before Thanksgiving, November 23.  In the coupon this month there’s a hefty savings of $1,600.00 in warehouse savings and another $6,900.00 in online only deals.  Pretty much everything in the book, including the tire coupon, is an instant savings deal.  There are only two coupons that require you to show the cashier your actual coupon book or the app on your phone for deals in the Photo Center.  I’m doing something a little different this coupon book, I’ve got a guest post coupon book review!  I’m sure you can all guess what products I would say I love in this book (Nutella and KitchenAid Mixer, for sure), so I thought it would be fun to have someone else give their thoughts on what is great in the coupons.

Costco US Coupon Book: October 30 - November 23, 2014

Costco US Coupon Book: October 30 – November 23, 2014

This month I have uploaded the new Costco US Coupon Book PDF (or view it in the Google PDF viewer) , but you can also view the warehouse coupons on the Costco.com website.  If you weren’t aware, Costco has updated their coupon policy for “streamlined savings”.  Basically, that means that you won’t have to clip coupons (if you ever needed to for your location anyway) again, but instead you can just show the cashier the coupon book to redeem any offers marked with a blue arrow (which will make more sense when you see the coupon book).  Or, if that is too much for you to remember to bring, you can get the latest Costco smartphone app that will allow you to use the coupons in the app for in-store redemption.  So, if you’ve got a smartphone and haven’t downloaded the Costco app yet, this is the perfect reason to do so.  You can get the app for either iPhone or Android in their respective app stores.  The only coupons that you must have the app or coupon book to redeem are the ones with the blue arrow, but the majority are instant savings deals lately.  For many, they didn’t have to clip coupons anyway, so this isn’t necessarily all that different.  The one big change is that Costco says that they will no longer have extra copies of the coupon book available at the warehouses.   If you didn’t get your book or never do, you should stop by Customer Service and make sure that they have all of your mailing information correct and that you have allowed them permission to send you things in the mail.  Or, just use the Costco smartphone app.  Lastly, you can also view them on the Costco.com website.  Costco has recently started posting the coupons online and through the app before they actually start (like just a few days after the old ones expire), so that makes it easier and nicer for planning too.

Thanks to E, from California, for sharing the coupons and her thoughts on which ones are notable this month!

Shark steam mop: We’ve been dying to get some sort of sanitizing steam mop so we can stop using those Swiffer wet cloths.  It’d be great just to use water instead.  The problem with those kind of mops is that some just push around the dirt or leave streaks.
KitchenAid knives:  Never seen these before in stores, so we’re definitely going to take a look at them.
[I'm going to put in my opinion on these because I have a set of these.  I love the KitchenAid ceramic knives and use them all the time.  We have had them for well over a year and they are still super sharp and have no knicks or anything like that.]
Gold Toe men’s socks:  We’re definitely getting these.  He needs black dress socks all the time.  And the coupon doesn’t come around often.  No item limit?  Hmmm, I hope he doesn’t pick up enough to last for a month.
Head & Shoulders:  Definitely a staple in our house.  The only complaint is the packaging.  Water seeps in where the skinny pump tube meets the twist cap on the bottle.  After a while, the shampoo/conditioner inside gets watered down.  Even keeping it out of the direct water stream doesn’t work.  We always have to pour this into another bottle when we first get it.  Or keep the whole bottle outside of the shower.
Lubriderm:  We just bought this a few months ago during the last coupon book.  It’s such a great deal and the bottles are huge.  Love the smell and feel of this lotion.  Non-sticky and dries fast.  It’s better for summer though since it’s a pretty thin consistency.  For winter, we need something more moisturizing like the Aveeno one.
Gillette razor:  We love that they didn’t combo it with the shaving gel and save $8 coupon this time, like they usually do.  We hate that.  Sometimes we just want the razors only.  We don’t need that many shaving gels.
Delsym:  Our absolute favorite cough medicine.  Staple in the house.  Both the orange and grape flavors taste good.  Not nasty like other liquids.

Vitafusion women’s gummies:  A little bit chalky tasting, but I still love these.  Way easier than swallowing a pill.  The Kirkland ones taste good too, but they’re more classic fruit flavors.  If you like berries more, you’ll like these Vitafusion ones more.
Kirkland 500mg chewable tabs:  Such a great deal and tastes like sour orange candy.  We love them and it’s a must, especially during Fall/Winter.
SalonPas:  Staple here again.  We’re never without these things.  And it’s such a great deal.  They stick on the skin like crazy, even through showering or sleeping.  The packaging inside is great also.  Each pack of 20 patches makes it great for sharing or traveling.
Natrol biotin and melatonin:  I have both and they taste great.  Although the biotin one has a better strawberry taste.  The melatonin one has a good strawberry taste, but a little bit chalky.
Gas-X:  Just bought this in the last coupon book.  Great deal for the amount you get.
Digestive advantage gummies:  I want to take a look at these.  I’ve been having stomach pains so maybe I need some probiotics for regulating.
Dulcolax:  Such a great deal, but 200 pills is too much if you only need occasional relief and taking in more fiber isn’t helping.
Mucus Relief:  Love this one.  Really helps us get over colds faster.  Sometimes water can’t loosen up the congestion enough.
Lindt truffles:  We love these but don’t get them often.  These and Ferrero Rochers disappear from our house too quickly.
M&Ms:  We always get 1 plain and 1 peanut so everyone in the house is covered.  On the back cover of the coupon book, they show the mega and pb ones.  We don’t know which one the coupon’s third item # corresponds to.  Have to go in store and see.  Wish they would start carrying the minis.  They’re more fun to eat and better for portion control.
Chocolate Cheerios:  Had these before and liked them for snacking.  We already have enough cereal laying around though.  Bad thing about buying cereal at Costco, we hardly ever finish them.
Hot chocolate:  Time for us to buy another box.  We buy one every 2 years b/c that’s how long it takes us to finish one.  We alternate drinking this with Kirklands green tea in the Fall/Winter.  We miss when they used to sell that box of Land O Lakes different flavored hot chocolate.  Maybe it’ll come back during Christmas.
Nutella:  Oh boy!  We read your post about Nutella and totally agree.  It’s so hard to resist.  That’s why we can’t buy this too often.  Otherwise we’d be eating this on bread or by itself everyday.
Scotch Brite sponges:  This coupon is in almost every coupon book!  This one and tires.
Madras lentils:  I love these.  They taste like chili and they’re great for a fast and filling snack.  Too bad they’re high in salt though.
Kirkland caesar salad:  Good for lunch/dinner, but still pricey.  More pricey than the food court salad for the amount you get I think.  Unless it’s the packaging and it just looks smaller, but may actually contain the same amount as 2 of those food court salads.
Naked Juice:  Every time there’s a coupon for this, we get it.  We love these juices but we’re careful b/c of the sugar content.  Love the green one the most.  The berry is second.  The mango is good if you love mangoes.  If only they would put in the peach chia one.  Or at least vary up the 3 flavors every once in a while.
Bertolli chicken margherita & penne:  Tastes great and easy for a fast meal.  You could make your own b/c really it’s just pasta and chicken, and it’d probably turn out healthier.  But getting this is purely for convenience sake.
Alera garment rack:  I’m going to research this.  Our rooms have the tiniest closets.  Well…and we also have too many clothes.  But V’s closet is exploding.  Guy’s pants and suits take up so much room!  I know you feel my pain with Dave being such a big guy.  I swear the washing machine only holds like four jeans.  And when it spins, the whole machine rocks back and forth and shakes the whole second floor.
The holiday cards and photo greeting cards:

Such a great deal, but word of caution.  Every year we go to a friend’s house after the holidays.  They display all of their holiday cards on the living room wall.  There are always at least a few duplicates.  Looks like a lot of people get these from Costco!
 
[Updated: 2014.10.29]
 
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This Week at Costco – October 19, 2014

October 25th, 2014 by Kimberly · 2 Comments

We’re back in the US for a few weeks and of course, one of the first places I went, aside from the airports, was Costco.  My mom and I went right after she picked me up from the airport actually.  And we even tried out a new location for both of us in Independence, Missouri.  The store was nice and clean and everyone was friendly, which is always good.  Since it was a Wednesday, the store wasn’t too busy and we could talk plenty of time and look through and browse at all of the stuff that I don’t usually see in the UK.  Plus, it’s just fun to see what each individual Costco location has because there’s always something cool and new, it seems.

We are going to be crazy busy for the next couple of weeks (until mid-November really), so if I don’t respond to your emails or questions right away, I definitely will it might just take a bit longer.  I’m going to try to not be a slacker about responding though!

Costco Cupcakes - Go Royals!

Costco Cupcakes – Go Royals!

Costco Bakery Cupcakes – So, for those of you that don’t know, my mom lives near Kansas City.  As you can imagine there’s lots of World Series fever going on right now.  I mean, it’s been almost 30 years since the Royals were in the World Series.  And to have them be winning, is even more amazing.  The Costco Bakery was showing their support for the Royals too with some cute cupcakes decorated with the team logo.  I was torn between getting them just because they were so fun and knowing that I shouldn’t because, well, we had lots of other unhealthy treats in the cart already.  The Costco cupcakes are delicious!  A few years ago they resized them to make them a bit smaller and more manageable too because they used to be like you were eating a small layer cake instead of a cupcake.  The cupcakes are just like the Costco cakes and are delicious and even have good icing too.  I hate icing that is too sweet but don’t find that to be the case with the cakes and cupcakes from Costco’s bakery.  Yum!  Normally, the cupcakes are white cake and chocolate cake frosted with white or chocolate frosting.   Though they often have seasonal designs for the holidays.  Or, to celebrate the fact that your baseball team is finally in the World Series again.  These would be perfect for a get together to watch the games.  The Costco cupcakes are so so delicious and totally outstrip anything I’d pick up at a regular grocery store and even some (if not most) of the upscale cupcake bakeries.  The other thing I like about the cupcakes now is that they come in a nice plastic clamshell type package with a little cubby for each individual cupcake so the frosting doesn’t get mangled on the trip home.  I didn’t end up buying them, but we’re going to be here for a few more weeks, so there’s still lots of time to buy some!  6 cupcakes for

Delicious Pumpkin Pie and Less than Stellar Whipped Cream

Delicious Pumpkin Pie and Less than Stellar Whipped Cream

Costco Bakery Pumpkin Pie – When in the US at this time of year, I always want a Costco pumpkin pie.  As a result, I possibly write about how great these are too often, but I have a little bit of hard time resisting these.  I make a nice pumpkin pie, but it takes some time to make your own pie crust and assemble everything and then cook it for an hour.  So, I *love* the fact that Costco has this wonderful, as good as homemade, pumpkin pie every fall.  Pumpkin pie is probably my favourite pie too, so when they are in season and I’m in the US, I’m having one.  They have them throughout fall, which means that you don’t have to just wait for Thanksgiving.  I think what sets Costco’s pumpkin pies apart from other store bought pies is that they seem to actually use spices, just like you would if you were making  them at home.  The pies have a great cinnamony taste that is just exactly what a pumpkin pie should taste like to me.  My mom thinks that the pies are too custardy and thick, but I think they are delicious and creamy with just the right amount of spices.  Just so you know, she thinks that but she still eats it and enjoys it too.  The container is made of a plastic bottom that is round and just slightly bigger in diameter than the pie itself.  Then, the top is another piece of plastic that does pop off and you can use as a lid…sort of.  The top does not have a piece of plastic or anything in the center to actually cover the pie though.  That design always seems very strange to me.  I always think that we can use a piece of plastic wrap in there and then put the lid on and all will be good.  But our the plastic wrap is too narrow and definitely not sturdy enough.  So, we just use a piece of extra wide tinfoil and that works quite well.  And you use a lot less space with the round container than with the previous square box.  But I imagine that for Costco, this makes the pies easier to stack, which is the draw.  I do wish that they would figure out a way to have the top be an actual lid though.  In any case, the pie is delicious and the price is so good for a pie this big that I’m pretty sure you couldn’t make a pie of this size at home for the Costco price.  Well, unless you have your own pumpkin patch maybe.  $5.99.  Item #: 60809.

Land O Lakes Whipped Light Cream – I will admit it, I love the whipped cream in a can.  I love the stuff that I make too, but the convenience of having it in the can is hard to beat.  Normally I have found that the Land O Lakes whipped cream is outstanding, however, the light cream version that they had at Costco this time is not very good.  The good thing is that this is made with real cream, unfortunately, it doesn’t taste like it.  But it is trans fat free, and is practically fat free with just 1 gram of saturated fat per two tablespoon serving.  Each serving only have 15 calories too.  So, that’s all good.  But the taste isn’t all that good and the texture is pretty close to horrible.  The whipped cream has just a really nothing taste.  It isn’t bad, but it isn’t good and also kind of negates the whole point of having whipped cream.  The really horrible part though is the texture.  It has enough texture to hold itself up when you first spray it out of the can.  Unfortunately, in no time it starts to melt and just look like you’ve got a weird combination of whipped cream and something like skimmed milk on your pie.  My mom and I were so disappointed the first time we tried it that we are considering taking it back to Costco just because we don’t want to be stuck with three cans of this in the fridge.  I know a lot of people like to use this to jazz up their coffee or hot cocoa at home and I can’t even imagine how this would work with something hot.  I’m pretty sure it would just melt away to nothing almost immediately.  And since it doesn’t really taste like anything, it’s not even going to leave behind a nice flavour.  So, needless to say, I’m not a fan.  I won’t be buying this again and wouldn’t suggest it to anyone either.  The normal whipped cream from Land O Lakes is great, but this version isn’t.  3, 15 ounce cans for $7.79.  Item #: 696469.

Langers Mango Nectar

Langers Mango Nectar

Langers Mango Nectar – I almost forgot how much I love this mango nectar.   Almost, but not really.  Since I can’t get it in the UK, I feel like I need to fill up when I’m somewhere they actually have it.  All other mango juice or nectars pale in comparison.  The Langers has a thick texture and a deep golden orange color that looks just like the fruit.  It doesn’t look watered down and pale like other products that try to pass themselves off as nectar but are clearly just juice, watery bad juice at that for the most part.  The taste is really delicious too because it is very mango-y flavoured with a natural tasting sweetness and just a hint of something like cinnamon almost in the background.  Honestly, I’m a mango fanatic and for the years that we have been in the UK, where they do not sell Langers at Costco (why, Costco, why???), I have been trying to find a reasonable substitute, to no avail.  A lot of the mango juices try to sneak in other juices like apple or orange or white grape, which is just cheating to me.  Aside from feeling like they are misrepresenting their juice, the mixing of juices just distorts the flavour and reduces the mango yumminess that you are looking for anyway.  I think the difference comes from the fact that 20% of the ingredients are mango puree, and yes there is water and sugar in there too but that’s a lot of pureed fruit as well and that makes it taste like the fruit.  That puree is also what gives it the nice thick consistency that truly sets it apart from other mango juice or nectar.  Also, if you are like me and can’t drink orange juice or eat oranges, and therefore have a hard time finding something that you like as a way to get your daily Vitamin C needs met, one 8 ounce glass of this per day meets 100% of that requirement and is a reasonable (for juice) 140 calories.  Truly, if you like mango fruit or the flavour, you will love this mango nectar.  I know I write about this whenever I get a chance because I’m such a fan.  I still don’t understand why they can’t stock it at Costco locations in the UK.  It’s so much better than anything they’ve ever had on their shelves.  Why settle for something so obviously inferior when you can have the best?  Especially since they already stock other Langers juices.  Anyway, enough of my ranting.  If you like mango and are anywhere not in the UK (I’m not sure if they stock this at locations in Mexico or Spain either though), you should pick some up at your local Costco.  1 gallon for $5.89.  Item #: 135344.

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Pepsi Launches Caleb’s Kola at Select Costco Locations

October 21st, 2014 by Kimberly · No Comments

Caleb's Kola is available exclusively at Costco

Caleb’s Kola is available exclusively at Costco

Pepsi has a new soda that they have released recently that isn’t full of artificial ingredients and could be considered a craft soda.  The new brand, Caleb’s Kola, has been in the works for a while but they’ve finally perfected it and it is ready to grace a shelf in your fridge.  Unfortunately, it isn’t being released everywhere yet, just a small selection of Costco locations in Maryland, New York, Virginia and Washington, D.C.  Of course,it will eventually be available to a wider audience but for right now, you can only find it at Costco.  I think it is pretty cool that they chose to release it exclusively to Costco locations, even if it isn’t at all of them.

Caleb’s Kola is in old fashioned glass bottles like they used to have all the time but are really hard to find now.   The name is also a nod to cola history since it is named after Caleb Bradham, the North Carolina pharmacist that is credited with coming up with the original Pepsi formula in 1890.  Part of being more of a craft soda type production is that it has natural ingredients.  Unlike most sodas now it is not made with corn syrup or artificial sweeteners, which seem to have really impacted cola and soda sales in the last few years.  Caleb’s is made with sparkling water, sustainable Fair Trade cane sugar, kola nuts from Africa, a special blend of spices from around the world, and a hint of citrus oils to give it just a touch of citrus flavour.  If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering about the kola nut extract.  Here’s what they say on the Caleb’s website:

With a unique, slightly bitter flavor and a small amount of caffeine, the kola nut is an evergreen tree nut originating from the tropical rainforests of Africa. The nut itself is the fruit of the kola tree and can range in size from as small as a chestnut to as large as potato! Widely used to flavor drinks, we’re extracting the kola nut’s natural flavor as the key ingredient in Caleb’s Kola.

But of course, for me, the cool thing is that Pepsi picked Costco as the exclusive retailer for Caleb’s Kola.  And it is a pretty exclusive selection of Costco stores too, with just nine lucky locations stocking the new soda.  Here’s a list of all of the Costco locations  where you can find Caleb’s Kola, so you’ll know if you can pick some up next time you are at your Costco.

  • 517 East 117th Street, Manhattan, NY 10035
  • 61-35 Junction Blvd Rego Park, Queens, NY 11374
  • 2975 Richmond Ave, Staten Island, NY 10314
  • 976 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11232
  • 4725 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
  • 1200 S Fern Lane, Arlington, VA 22202
  • 2400 Five Lees Lane. Lanham, MD 20706
  • 10925 Baltimore Ave, Beltsville, MD 20705
  • 2441 Market St. NE, Washington, DC 20018

Clearly, I haven’t had a chance to try this new soda yet, but if anyone has, I’d love to hear about it.  Not that I really drink soda more than once or twice per year, but I really hate the taste of the artificial sweeteners in soda now, so this sounds like a nice change to me.

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Get Your Flu Shot at Costco for less than $15

October 20th, 2014 by Kimberly · No Comments

As the weather starts to turn cooler and the leaves are starting to change colours, that means flu season is just around the corner.  And of course that means that you should get your flu shot now so that you can avoid getting sick during the holidays.  Which will then turn into getting everyone else you know sick for the holidays.  And really, that’s not a gift that is going to make your popular with friends and family this holiday season!

Get your flu shot at Costco US for under $15

Get your flu shot at Costco US for under $15

There are so many places in the US where you can get really affordable flu shots now, from your local pharmacy and of course, your doctor.  But did you know that you can also get your flu vaccine at Costco?  You can also get several other types of vaccinations at the Costco pharmacy too.  The Costco pharmacists have been immunization certified so they can administer vaccines for flu, pneumonia, shingles/Zostavax, and tdap (whooping cough).  You don’t need to make an appointment or even plan ahead, just come to the store during regular pharmacy hours Monday through Saturday because walk-ins are welcome.  So, for less than $15.00 you can get your flu shot and do your regular Costco shopping (which will almost definitely cost more than $15.00).  At the Costco US Flu Shot webpage, they state that they are administering trivalent vaccinations this year.  That means that their flu vaccine protects against three strains of flu: two influenza A viruses (an H1N1 and an H3N2) and an influenza B virus.

I have a chronic illness and I’m on some medication that isn’t super friendly to my immune system so I always get a flu shot and Dave always gets one since he’s in a household with a sickie (aka someone at high risk of complications from the flu).  I know not everyone likes to or doesn’t think they are necessary, however, if you’ve had the flu recently, you know it isn’t something that is all that great to have and can take quite a while to get to feeling normal again.  I got the flu last year before I had the chance to get my flu vaccination and definitely don’t want a repeat performance.  This year it was like I was waiting in line for a new iPhone or concert tickets, just so I could get in there and get my vaccination early.   Most of the time influenza activity peaks in January or later, though outbreaks can occur as early as October. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against the influenza virus infection, therefore, it is best that you get vaccinated early so you are protected before flue begins spreading.  According to the government’s Flu website, getting a vaccine can mean that you are about 60% less likely to need treatment for the flu.

According to the CDC, in the United States, it is estimated that on average 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from seasonal flu-related complications each year. Over a period of 30 years, between 1976 and 2006, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people.  So, even in good years, when the flu wasn’t as severe, 3,000 people still died.  For the few minutes it takes to get a flu shot, I think it is worth it not to be in the several thousand that may die from flu complications.

If you fall into any of the following groups, you should definitely make sure to get a flu shot:

  • all children aged 6 through 59 months;
  • all persons aged 50 years and older;
  • adults and children who have chronic pulmonary (including asthma) or cardiovascular (except isolated hypertension), renal, hepatic, neurologic, hematologic, or metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus);
  • persons who have immunosuppression (including immunosuppression caused by medications or by HIV infection);
  • women who are or will be pregnant during the influenza season;
  • children and adolescents (aged 6 months through 18 years) who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy and who might be at risk for experiencing Reye’s syndrome after influenza virus infection;
  • residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities;
  • American Indians/Alaska Natives; and
  • persons who are morbidly obese (body mass index of 40 or greater).
  • health-care personnel;
  • household contacts (including children) and caregivers of children aged 59 months and older (i.e., aged younger than 5 years) and adults aged 50 years and older, with particular emphasis on vaccinating contacts of children aged younger than 6 months; and
  • household contacts (including children) and caregivers of persons with medical conditions that put them at high risk for severe complications from influenza.

Side effects or complications from the flu shot are very rare, but can happen.  If you have an egg allergy, you should talk to your doctor about what options you have for getting a flu vaccination.  And you’re definitely going to have to go see your doctor to get a vaccine because you need to be in a setting where any severe allergic reaction can be dealt with swiftly.  If you have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination, you should not receive a vaccination at all.  And children younger than 6 months of age should not be vaccinated.  Also, anyone that is moderately or severely ill with or without fever should usually wait until they recover before getting flu vaccine.

So, if you don’t fall into any of those groups that shouldn’t be getting a flu shot this year, make sure you get one now that they are available.  Since you can save time and hassle by getting one when you are doing your regular Costco shopping, you’ve got no excuse!  Unfortunately this flu vaccination program seems to only be available at Costco locations in the US, but you should check your local Costco for details about when they are doing an in-store vaccination drive.  But wherever you live, get your flu shot!

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