MERI Assists with Covid and Flu Vaccine Disposal

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), flu vaccine manufacturers project we will need up to 185 million doses this 2022-2023 season, and MERI plays a part in this vaccine disposal. Since early October, more than half have been distributed, with several million shots administered thus far, according to its dashboard.

To save a trip back to the clinic while getting a flu shot, public health officials also recommend getting the new Covid-19 booster. In different arms, of course!


Where do vaccine needles go?

MERI ensures thousands of needles from both Covid and flu injections are collected and properly disposed of. Using its Midwest pickup service and nationwide mail-back program, MERI collects and properly disposes of sharps from vaccine clinics held by pharmacies, clinics, colleges, corporate office parks, skilled nursing centers, hospitals, and traveling nurses.

MERI shreds and disinfects the vaccine waste at our licensed treatment facility using environmentally safe microwave technology. After its treated, the material looks like confetti. As a result, its original volume is reduced by 80%.

If you need assistance removing needles after a vaccine clinic, contact us at



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Flu and COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

When is the best month to get a flu shot?

Aim for late October or early November as the vaccine takes about 10 days to fully effect. Flu season usually begins in December and is in full swing from February through April.

Who can get a flu shot?

Anyone six months or older can get a flu shot. The CDC recommends those with a higher risk of serious complications from the virus should get the vaccine, including those 65 years or older, those living in a nursing home or long-term care facility, individuals with chronic health conditions like asthma or diabetes, pregnant women, and children.

Where do I get my flu shot?

For information on the COVID-19 booster and flu shot availability, contact your healthcare provider or another community vaccine provider, such as a local pharmacy. Look for pop-up vaccination clinics in your area.

When should I get the COVID-19 booster?

To receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster, it must be at least two months since your primary COVID vaccination or two months since you received a booster dose. You should not get a booster or flu shot if you’re currently sick. However, you can receive the flu shot and the COVID-19 booster simultaneously.