Fall just arrived which means the flu season is here! We can’t predict what the flu season will look like this year but it’s important to plan ahead to protect you and your family. Flu shots can be expensive so I decided to gather all the info to show you how to get cheap or free flu shots this year.
I’m not suggesting that you get a flu shot. This is just to help you find cheap or free flu shots if you need one.
How to Get Free Flu Shots in 2018
According to the Affordable Care Act, if you have health insurance they are required to pay for your flu shot without requiring any copayment or coinsurance. You may be required to go to a specific facility to receive your free flu shot. Make sure to check with your insurance company. Some insurance plans will only cover vaccines at limited locations or if they are given by your doctor
If you are 65 or older, Medicare Part B covers the cost of flu shots.
Check with your employer to see if they are offering free flu shots this year. It’s in the best interest of the employer to keep their employees healthy.
You should check with your County Health Department. They usually offer free flu shots to the elderly and children every year. Sometimes they extend this service to everyone.
If you are a student, you should check with your college campus. They try to protect the health of their campus by providing free flu shots to their students.
Where to get Cheap Flu Shots in 2018
If you don’t qualify for a free flu shot, you can get a cheap flu shot. Check out this list of stores that offer cheap flu shots!
Costco offers flu shot for $19.99. You don’t need a Costco membership to get this deal.
Meijer offers seasonal flu shots for $35.00.
Publix offers seasonal flu shots for $42.00. They’ll give you a $10 Publix gift card when you get your flu shot at the Publix Pharmacy.
Rite Aid offers seasonal flu shots for $39.99.
Safeway offers seasonal flu shots for $38.99.
Walgreens offers seasonal flu shots for $40.99.
Walmart offers seasonal flu shots for $39.88.
Tips to keep you healthy during flu season
Whether you plan on getting a flu shot this year or not, you should follow these tips to keep yourself healthy during flu season. It’s important to do our part in keeping the flu from spreading.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Make sure to throw the tissue away immediately.
- Wash your hands multiple times a day with soap and water. You can also use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
- Minimize touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Keep your distance from sick people.
- If you develop flu-like symptoms, stay out of the public for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
- If you feel sick, limit your contact with other people.
Are you getting a flu shot this year?