Flu season is almost here. Have you gotten your flu shot yet? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a flu shot for anyone over six months of age. This year the flu shots protects against H1N1 along with two other probable flu strains. There are many drugstores and clinics across the country that provide flu vaccines.
Get a flu shot at one of the many participating Rite Aids. Vaccines cost $24.99 and this may be covered by your insurance plan. No appointment is necessary. Simply check the store locator to find the nearest location to you. Flu shots are available while supplies last.
CVS is another drugstore that offers flu shots. Even better, CVS allows you to schedule an appointment. Go online to see available appointments in your area. You can also call 1 888 FLU SHOT to schedule a visit. In addition, those with an extra care card receive a 10 percent savings pass after receiving a flu shot. There are some restrictions with this saving pass so see stores for details. CVS also has a partner program with Direct Relief USA where many health clinics give free flu shot vouchers to “their existing patients who lack health insurance.” If you know someone in need of a flu shot you can buy them a Flu Shot eGift card for $29.95. This will cover the cost of the shot.
Walgreens has injectable flu shots for $24.99 and thimerosal-free shots for $29.99. For $29.99, the nasal spray, or “live, attenuated influenza vaccine” is available for healthy people from ages two to 49 years of age. Be prepared to get your flu shot by filling in your Flu Vaccine Form ahead of time. All you have to do is create a pharmacy account and print out your blank PDF form. Go online to find the location nearest you or text FLU to 21525.
Walmart has partnered with Mollen Immunization Clinic to provide flu shots. According to flushotusa.com, Mollen is the “largest and most trusted provider of influenza immunizations in the United States.” The low-cost flu shots are available in October. When looking for flu shots in my area, I noticed all three Walmart locations had flu shots available from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Many other supermarkets like Albertsons and Costco have the flu shot. Go to findaflushot.com to find other places that have the flu shot.
For those who have insurance, see if your doctor’s office has a free flu clinic. Kaiser Permanente is one group that has a clinic for its members. Typically, the clinics are held on certain days and times. These clinics are often prepared for infants (over six months). They might even have something like stickers to help reduce the child’s tears. In some areas, there are “drive through” flu shots. To find other flu shot clinics, contact your local or state health department.
At most of these clinics and pharmacies, flu shots are available “while supplies last.” Also, some have age restrictions so call before taking young children. Finally, check the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to see side effects and other information about the flu and flu shot. Those with certain allergies and conditions should avoid the vaccine.
Flu season is almost upon us. Hurry in to get your flu shot as soon as possible.