Here are some places you can get one for free or at a minimal cost:
Your doctor’s office. Under the federal Affordable Care Act, all insurance plans that were created after March 23, 2010, are required to provide flu shots for free (no co-pay required). Even if your plan doesn’t qualify, you may be able to get a shot for the price of a co-pay. If you have Medicare Part B, your flu shot should also be free. Have your doctor’s office contact your insurance company to see if your shot will be covered.
Work. Many employers offer free flu shots because it is less costly than paying for sick days. Ask your Human Resources Director.
The Kansas City Health Department. The Kansas City Health Department offers free flu shots for children under the age of 18 ($25 for adults) during regular clinic hours. A copy of the child’s previous shot record and the child’s social security number are required. If you do not live in Kansas City, do an internet search for you’re city’s health department (e.g., “Overland Park Health Department”) and see if they offer similar services.
The Vaccine for Children’s (VFC) Program. If your child is uninsured, underinsured, Medicaid-eligible, or American Indian or native Alaskan, he or she may be eligible for a free flu shot as part of the federal VFC program. The flu shots are administered by private and public health care providers. If your doctor is not enrolled in the VAC program (make sure you ask), call your VFC Coordinator (573-751-6124 if you live in Missouri or 785-925-1990 if you live in Kansas) to find a provider near you.
A drugstore. Here are the prices for 2014:
- CVS: $31.99. You’ll also get a 20% off shopping pass (while supplies last).
- Walgreens: $31.99.
- Costco: $14.99.