If you do not have health insurance or cannot afford the cost of a flu vaccine, you may be able to get a free influenza vaccine for yourself or children.
The flu vaccine is a top way to protect against the flu virus, offering as much as 90% protection. But unfortunately, many adults and children will not receive their annual flu vaccination due to lack of medical coverage or low finances.
Nowadays, you don’t have to visit a doctor to obtain flu vaccinations. Many neighborhood pharmacies offer influenza vaccines as early as September, costing between $30 or $40 for the uninsured.
This may not seem like much, however, getting a flu shot poses a major burden for families who lack disposable income.
Since the flu virus is responsible for nearly 200,000 hospitalizations each year, according to the CDC, no one should go without protection.
To help families who don’t have the resources, many colleges and public schools across the country have begun offers free flu vaccinations to students and employees. Additionally, free influenza vaccinations are available at several free health clinics across the nation, as well as select state health departments. Supplies are limited.
The flu virus becomes widespread between the months of December and February. Although common, the flu virus is preventable. Vaccination is one way to lower the risk of the flu. However, it’s important to practice other hygiene habits, such as washing hands before eating and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces.