I was at the doctor’s last week for my annual check up and she asked me if I wanted a flu shot. Already? Jeez louise. I decided to wait until October, but I am a big advocate of getting the flu shot after I came down with influenza and strep at the same time two winters ago.
For those of us who don’t have access to a free shot, here is what people are charging.
Costco has the best price for the flu shot at $20 a pop; the pneumonia shot is $35. You can find a vaccination event at Costco here.
Walgreens is giving flu shots for $25, a slight drop from last year’s standard $30 charge. A benefit of the recession!
Rite aid has the flu shot for $30 and the pneumonia shot for $45.
Wal-Mart has select flu vaccination events. You can check for one near you.
If you are unemployed and uninsured, you can get a free flu shot.
My doctor is charging $28 plus co-pay, a drop from last year. What is your doctor charging?
CVS is charging $30 and have them available without an appointment at MinuteClinic locations inside certain CVS’s. Most MinuteClinic locations are open seven days a week and offer evening hours. On September 15th, more than 9,000 flu shot clinic events will be held in select CVS’s. Call 1-888-FLU-SHOT or go to CVS to find a list of vaccination locations.
Still looking for a place to get a flu shot? Try FindAFluShot.com, which lists clinics by proximity to your zip code. Unfortunately, the listings don’t include prices so you’ll have to make some calls.
Caveats: some states or pharmacies may have restrictions on who can get the flu shot. Ask ahead of time to avoid headaches. No pun intended!