Here’s How To Get Discounted – Or Even Free – Flu Shots This Year

Tori Marsh
Tori Marsh, MPH, is on the Research Team at GoodRx, and is the resident expert on drug pricing and savings.
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Flu season is officially underway, which means it’s time to get vaccinated.

Flu shots can range from $0 (yes, free) to $50 or more, depending on where you get your shot and what kind of vaccine you receive. Whether you’re insured or not, there are ways to make your vaccines affordable.

Here are some things to know to make sure you don’t overpay.

 

 

Some pharmacies offer discounted or free flu shots

Many pharmacies have programs offering discounted flu shots, in addition to in-store discounts. If you have insurance, flu shots at most pharmacies are fully covered, but without insurance, you’ll pay more out of pocket.

Here’s how much you’ll pay for quadrivalent and senior-dose flu vaccines (the most commonly prescribed flu vaccines) without insurance at some popular pharmacies.

 

Pharmacy Discounted vaccine price In-store savings
Costco (no membership needed) Quadrivalent – $19.99
CVS & Target CVS Quadrivalent – $40.99

Senior-dose – $66.99, or $49.00 with a GoodRx coupon

Get a “$5 off $25” coupon when you get your flu shot
Walmart Quadrivalent – $34.99, or $24.00 with a GoodRx coupon
Walgreens Quadrivalent – $34.99 Get a “$10 off $30” coupon when you get your flu shot
Kroger Quadrivalent – $40.00
Rite Aid Quadrivalent – $40.00
Sam’s Club (no membership needed) Quadrivalent – $30.00
Safeway Quadrivalent – $38.99 Save 10% on groceries when you get your flu shot

 

The shot may be free through your primary care provider (PCP)

If you are insured through the Affordable Care Act, Medicare Part B or most other insurance plans, you should be able to get your flu shot for free at your doctor’s office. However, before you go in, know that you may still have to pay for the office visit. Also, be sure to check with the office first to see if they have current flu vaccinations available for the 2018-2019 flu season.

 

Visit vaccinefinder.org to see locations in your area that offer the flu shot

Vaccinefinder.org is a great tool for finding out where you can get vaccines. The finder allows you to search for locations near you that have the flu shot available. Keep in mind though: While the tool can be helpful, its search results aren’t all-inclusive. Try calling your location of choice if it’s not listed in the search results—you may still be able to get your flu shot there.

 

You can get free shots through clinics, community organizations and public health departments

Many health departments and free clinics offer low-cost or free flu shots across the US.

Can’t find a location near you on this list? Watch for announcements on your local news station or in your local newspaper—or search online for free flu shots in your area.

 

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