This is a post by staff writer Yazmin Cruz.
Achew! Flu season has arrived. Below I compare prices and offers to find the best deal on a flu shot. Costco takes the prize for the cheapest place to get a flu shot again this y ear.
Not sure you want a flu shot? The CDC recommends getting a flu shot as soon as they become available as it takes about two weeks after vaccination to be fully protected against the flu.
Most places do not offer the shot everyday so call ahead to make sure you don’t make an unnecessary trip. The prices I list are in Los Angeles, and may vary elsewhere so call ahead to confirm prices.
Costco – Shots are $16.99 and you do not have to be a member to get a shot. Make an appointment as shots are not administered everyday. Print and fill out your vaccine consent form and bring a copy to save time at your appointment.
Walmart – Shots are $25. Expect a registered nurse to administer your vaccine.
Ralphs – Shots are $25.
Rite-Aid – Shots are $27.99. The store is giving out a coupon book with $100 worth of store coupons to flu shot recipients, while supplies last. (Except in New Jersey.)
Target – Shots are $28. No appointment necessary.
Vons – Shots are $30.
CVS – Shots are $31.99, but the store accepts insurance. You’ll also get a 20% off pass for your next shopping visit (except in New Jersey). Flu shots are only available when immunizing pharmacist is on duty.
Pro tip: If you live in Rhode Island, flu shots are free!
Walgreen’s – Shots are $31.99. Insurance acceptance varies. Print the vaccine consent form.
Don’t forget to check with your employer as many provide free or discounted flu shots. If you’re in college, the health center may also offer free or discounted flu shots.
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