As the weather gets colder and we head towards winter, it is extremely important that as many people as possible get their flu shots this year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that every single person who is six months or older should get a flu shot before the end of October.
Flu season typically peaks around December, and it could take four weeks for your body to have full immunity from the shot, so it’s good to give yourself a month cushion.
Not to mention, the flu vaccine only lasts about six months, so even if you got one last year you should get another this year.
And, though it can be hard to find time in your schedule to go and get a shot, there are lots of places that are offering free vaccines this year.
Read on to learn where you can get your flu vaccine before the end of October!
Primary Care Doctor
If you’re already planning on visiting your primary care doctor this month or sometime soon, you can plan to get your flu shot while you’re there!
Your insurance provider will cover the cost of the flu shot, so you won’t have to worry about a thing.
If you are still in college, your campus health center should be providing flu shots to students for free.
College students are more likely to skip out on getting vaccinated, so if you are planning to go to your campus center, bring your friends along too!
Target has a pharmacy inside where you can get a free flu shot, as well as a $5 coupon for Target! Go get your vaccine and then treat yourself to a little retail therapy while you’re there.
Sam’s Club and Costco
While you’re doing your weekly grocery run, go ahead and get your flu shot while you’re at it!
The vaccine has a $0 copay with most insurances, and you don’t have to have a membership at either of these stores to get the shot!
Urgent Care centers, like MinuteClinic, usually have flu shots available for free as long as you have insurance.
Make sure to call ahead if you are planning to have one, as they sometimes run out of vaccines.
Walgreens, CVS, Duane Reade, Rite Aid
Regardless of where you live in the country, your city or town should have one of these local pharmacies near-by.
They all offer no-cost flu shots for people who have health insurance, so stop by your local store and make sure to get it done!