I’m sad to say that it is almost flu season. Ads for flu shots have been popping up everywhere, so I compared prices and offers to find the best deal for you. The new trend is one shot that combines the seasonal flu vaccine and the H1N1 vaccination. The CDC has shared basic facts about the flu shot and is recommending everyone over six months get one starting in September.
Costco – Shots are $20 and include the flu and H1N1 vaccination. You do not have to be a member to get a shot, just tell the ID checker that you are going to the pharmacy. Shots are not administered everyday, however, so make sure to check the flu shot schedule.
CVS – Get a 10% off coupon good through Oct. 31, 2010 when you get your flu shot at CVS. The shot is $30.
Walgreens – Shots are $29 but include the flu and H1N1 vaccination.
Rite Aid – Shots are $25.
Target – Shots are $24, and one reader told me that if you get your flu shot at Target they give you a $10 gift card. I have no idea if that is true, however.
Vons – Shots are $30 and you’ll get a 10% off coupon for your groceries valid the day you get pricked.
Doctor’s office – Prices vary, and depending on your co-pay you might be better off going to one of the above retailers.
HR – Many companies have nurses come in to prick employees, for free or at cost. Check your Human Resources department for details.
If you are uninsured or low-income, you may be able to get a free flu shot through CVS,