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best places to save money on your flu shot vaccine – a flu shot needle poking an arm

The 2018 flu season is almost here!

…and if it’s anything like it was last year, we’re in for a rough winter. 😩 While it’s impossible to predict exactly what the flu season will look like for 2018-2019, you can protect yourself and your loved ones now by getting a flu shot. And, thankfully, prevention doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

Wanna know how (and where) can you save money on flu shots – and even get it free? Read on.

best places to save money on your flu shot vaccine – CVS pharmacy sign for flu shots

Your flu shot may be free!

If you have health insurance or a public health insurance exchange, your health insurance is now required to pay for your flu shot without any co-pay due to the Affordable Care Act (when given by an in-network provider). If you are over the age of 65, Medicare Part B covers the cost of flu shots as well.

Also, be sure to check with your employer or university to see if they will be offering free flu shots and/or clinics this year. According to the CDC Foundation, the flu costs an estimated $16.3 billion in lost earnings annually for businesses, so it’s in their best interests to keep their employees healthy.

Plus, many county health departments offer free flu shots to children and the elderly, and they often extend this service to everyone, especially during a bad flu season. Be sure to check your local county or city’s website for more information about their health program.


best places to save money on your flu shot vaccine – Costco offering affordable flu shots

No insurance? Here are some places to get a flu shot:

  • Costco: Get a seasonal 4-strain flu shot for just $19.99 without insurance. NO Costco membership is required.
  • Sam’s Club: Get a seasonal 4-strain flu shot for $30 with their flu shot card and without insurance – NO Sam’s Club membership required.
  • CVS: Get a seasonal 4-strain flu shot for $40.99 without insurance. Plus, get a $5 off $25 purchase coupon with a no-cost flu shot.
  • Kroger: Get a seasonal 4-strain flu shot for $60 without insurance. Yikes!
  • Meijer: Get a seasonal 4-strain flu shot for just $35 without insurance.
  • Publix: Get a seasonal 4-strain flu shot for just $42 without insurance. Plus, get a $10 Publix Gift Card when you get your flu shot at the Publix Pharmacy.
  • Rite Aid: Get a seasonal 4-strain flu shot for $39.99 without insurance.
  • Safeway: Get a seasonal 4-strain flu shot for $38.99 without insurance.
  • Target: Get a seasonal 4-strain flu shot for $40.99 without insurance. Plus, get a $5 off Target merchandise coupon when you get a free flu shot at a CVS/Pharmacy inside Target.
  • Walgreens: Get a seasonal 4-strain flu shot for $40.99 without insurance.
  • Walmart: Get a seasonal 4-strain flu shot for just $39.88 without insurance.

Will you be getting a flu shot this year?


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  1. just me

    Thank you hip2save ladies for posting this! I went and got our family flu shots last night at Target and the kids couldn’t have been happier to get their $5. I survived the H1N1 flu a few years back and it was the worst thing I’ve ever had. I ended up being hospitalized over it. I talked to others who knew someone else who had it the same year and they became septic and lost a leg! It was the closest to death I’ve ever felt. Anyway I appreciate you posting about this and reminding me yesterday.

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh wow! SO glad you are okay! Happy you could score the Target offer!! You’re most welcome!

  2. Susie

    Thank you for the list. It appears the flu is expected to hit early this year and knowing the cost before you go is very helpful.

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You’re very welcome, Susie!

  3. CorMcg

    Here’s the research all in one spot. Boils it down for everyone to understand. CDC info and studies pulled into one informative video by a Doctor that surprisingly happens to debunk the flu shots effectiveness even farther below 10% down to 3%. I think it’s at least good to know this video where the CDC’s own information basically debunks it all on its own. Get your shots if you want but flu vaccine concerns aren’t made up by non medical professionals. The CDC makes it clear in the studies that the yearly flu vaccine jab isn’t all that protective.

  4. CorMcg

    Link was removed. Look on YouTube for Dr. John Bergman and see his video titled “Flu Shots”.

  5. *Angela-Miles*

    Just now seeing this post, I’m late Lol. I’ve never gotten a flu shot and don’t plan on getting one. I haven’t been sick in 5 years (knock on wood)! My dad gets them every year tho, and even though he has come down with the flu the past two years. He still is planning on getting one.
    I’m an avid hand washer , like at least 12 times a day. And something that annoys me is when I’m out in public, an people are sneezing and coughing all over everything! Many don’t even try to cover it up :-/

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