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.
- The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, in partnership with select LA County Libraries, will offer free flu shots and hepatitis A vaccines through November.
- The Douglas County Public Health Network in Oregon has planned a free flu shot drive on November 3 and November 4.
- Most colleges offer free flu shots for their students. Check on your school’s website to confirm.
- The Central Racine County Health Department in Wisconsin will offer free flu shots for children from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 8.
- The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency offers flu shots for free at health clinics across the city.
- The City of Berkeley offers free flu shots for those 3 years of age and older at the Berkeley Public Health Clinic.
- The Shawnee County Health Department in Topeka, Kansas offers free shots for those 19 years of age and older.
- Three community locations in Memphis, Tennessee will offer free flu shots on November 2.
- Urgent Care Clinics in Orlando, Florida will offer free flu shots through February 2019.
- The Hawaii Health Department will offer free flu shots to children through December at public schools throughout the state.
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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