Free and Discount Flu Shots

You know you should get a flu shot every year to protect yourself against the strains of influenza that come around each year. But many times you come up with one excuse or another why you can’t or won’t go get a flu shot, anything from “I don’t know where to get a flu vaccine.” to “I can’t afford a flu vaccine.” Well let’s put an end to those excuses right now.

Free Flu Shots

·         Your Employer: Check with your employer to see if they will be offering free flu shots this year. If they are not, offer up this feedback – according to the Center for Prevention and Health Services, the flu indirectly costs your employer about $76.7 million, on average, in missed work and other indirect costs like healthcare.

·         Your Physician through your Health Insurance: Indirectly, through your employer, your health insurance is now required to pay for your flu shot without any co-sharing, due to the Affordable Care Act, when given by an in-network provider.

·         Your County Health Department: Many county health departments offer free flu shots to children and the elderly. However, increasingly they are offering this service to everyone. The only downside is the potential for long waiting lines. Check out your county or cities website for more information.

Discount Flu Shots

If you don’t have health insurance, or an employer or county health department that offers free flu shots, there are a number of retailers offering discount flu vaccines. If you do have health insurance that covers flu shots, it might even be more convenient than going to your doctor. Most have online scheduling.

·         Costco Flu Shots:Insurance acceptance varies. Usual co-pay applies.

·         CVS Flu shots: Insurance acceptance varies. Usual co-pay applies.

·         Walgreens Flu Shots:Insurance acceptance varies. Usual co-pay applies.

·         Rite Aid Flu Shots:Insurance acceptance varies. Usual co-pay applies.

·         Meijer Flu Shots:Insurance acceptance varies. Usual co-pay applies.

·         Walmart Flu Shots:Insurance acceptance varies. Usual co-pay applies.

There, no more excuses for not getting your flu shot.

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