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Saturday, January 26, 2019

The Most Convenient Places to Get Flu Shots for Free or at a Low Cost

African American woman getting flu shot

If you want to stay healthy during flu season, it’s crucial that you receive a vaccine every year to protect yourself. Although winter is coming to an end, it’s not too late to get yours!
Flu vaccines aren’t always cheap. Doctors’ offices and hospitals can charge you more than necessary - over one hundred dollars for just one dose. Thankfully there are accessible and affordable options for those seeking care. Below we’ve listed a couple of places to get flu shots this season.

Community and Government Health Centers

The Center for Disease Control’s Flu Vaccine Finder can help you locate credible establishments to receive a flu vaccine. Simply enter your zip code and you’ll be given a list of locations that offer them. From your county’s public health clinic to your local travel vaccination clinic, you’ll be able to pinpoint a place and find contact information for scheduling an appointment.

If you don’t have health insurance, don’t worry. Many of these facilities will still allow you to receive your vaccine without it. Flu vaccine costs will vary, and many clinics use sliding-scale fees. We recommend calling in advance to learn more about the payment options available to you. It’s also important to note that many of these centers accept cash or credit cards, so you can receive your vaccine and pay right away.

A Grocery Store, Retail Pharmacy, or Supercenter

Many of your favorite big box stores, pharmacies, and supermarkets now offer annual influenza vaccines. It wasn’t until a little over a decade ago that retail pharmacists could obtain and administer flu vaccines, but now you can walk in and receive a vaccine in minutes! Many people choose to visit their local pharmacy or supercenter because they can fit their vaccination into their day’s errands.

Some popular options include:
  • Costco
  • CVS
  • Target
  • Walgreen’s
  • Walmart
In many cases, if you have private insurance it should cover your flu vaccine. If you have Medicaid, Medicare Part D, or another form of health insurance, you may be required to cover a copay out of pocket. This fee is usually small at the stores mentioned above.

Don’t avoid getting your flu vaccine this year due to high cost. Many establishments provide flu vaccines which are inexpensive and convenient for everybody out there.