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Flu season is almost here!😷

Reports are already saying that we’re in for a long, rough winter with cases of the flu on the rise. 😩

While it’s impossible to predict exactly what the flu season will look like for 2019-2020, you can protect yourself and your loved ones now by getting a flu shot. Luckily, flu prevention doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

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

get a flu shot at CVS pharmacy

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.

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 $39.99 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 $40 without insurance for ages 13-49.
  • Meijer: Get a seasonal 4-strain flu shot for just $35 without insurance.
  • Publix: Get a seasonal 4-strain flu shot for just $44 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 $39.99 without insurance.
  • Target: Get a seasonal 4-strain flu shot for $39.99 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. Only $25 when you use the FREE GoodRx Prescription Discount Card.
  • Walmart: Get a seasonal 4-strain flu shot for just $39.88 without insurance. Only $24.09 when you use the FREE GoodRx Prescription Discount Card.

Will you be getting a flu shot this year?


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  1. Lana

    Nope. We take 3000 mg of D3 daily from Oct 1 to the end of May and we never even get the common cold as long as we don’t skip any days. This has been proven to be more effective than a flu shot.

      • Suzanne

        Don’t spread anti-vax misinformation. That’s how the recent measles outbreak in the US spread so quickly. 36,000 people in the US die every year from the flu. An additional 200,000 are hospitalized. Vitamin D is not a cure all, and has not been adopted as a way to prevent the flu by the mainstream medical community. Your link promotes ultra-rich and a very controversial figure who has been repeatedly cited by the CDC. You can take vitamin D and get the flu shot, but you shouldn’t be advocating anti-vax information since that’s how people get sick and die.

        • Kayla

          Yes, Suzanne!
          I’m a microbiologist/immunologist, and I hate seeing all of the misinformation that is spread around. It’s SO important to get the flu vaccine (and all others) and to listen to experts on the matter.

          • Hunterwoody

            Oh thank you for commenting Kayla. Glad to hear from and micro-immunologist. Maybe it’s something to add in with your vaccine??.

          • Meranda

            I’m getting my PhD in chemical biology and I totally agree Kayla. It just baffles me how much people don’t believe scientists these days and I really do think it stems from a lack of understanding terms, scientific processes, how vaccines work and the testing and reviewing that goes into putting a drug or vaccine on the market. Maybe part of it is on us (maybe not us specifically but still) the scientists for not being able to effectively communicate with the public as well as we should, but I also think that people like to google things and then get afraid when they see big words without knowing what they mean and then preach avoiding it because they’re scared and don’t understand. It’s very important to listen to doctors, aka, the experts (you know, the ones who went to medical school)! People should be getting their information from them and other peer-reviewed sources (web of science is a wonderful tool if anyone wants to use that source for legitimate research), not from google where information doesn’t have to be reviewed and validated.

            Anyway, I will FOR SURE be getting my flu shot, so thank you H2S for the information for how to protect myself and my loved ones 🙂

        • Lana

          Perhaps you should stop your rant and consider that people who are allergic to eggs cannot have the flu shot. This is a legitimate alternative that we have done for 6 years and stayed well all of those winters.

          • NV2007

            Except… The CDC has come out with significant data indicating that reactions by those allergic to eggs are extremely rare and it’s still recommended that those with an egg allergy obtain the shot or mist.

            • Victoria

              Agree. Even if you have an egg allergy, you can almost certainly still get the flu shot. There are also shots available that do not use the egg protein. Just ask your doctor. Also …. you can have the flu and not have symptoms or have mild symptoms and mis-diagnose yourself. Get the shot, people!

          • Dawn

            Actually you may not know but there is actually a flu shot that does not use egg now. They are called recombinant flu vaccine. I have worked in healthcare for 20 years. I just learned this exists by drug rep last month!

        • riss

          Go tell ’em, Suzanne!
          My son has egg allergy, and no side effects from the flu shot.

    • Sparkle

      Awesome!!!!!!! The flu shot has so many possible adverse affects, it’s scary! We take elderberry syrup the second we fill something coming on. No flu here in over 5 years (and I have grade school children!).

      • Just Me

        The side effect I fear most is death. So I’m all about the flu shot.

      • 1withthelord

        Thank you for commenting about the dangers of this vaccine. So appreciate it. So much more to say about this dangerous vaccine. Appreciate your willingness to take the hits from the anti medical freedom side. Much love ❤

      • Buckeyemom

        I really do hope your luck stays. I, for one, will not rely on luck alone. My family of 6 will all be vaccinated. The minute chance of a side effect from the vax outweighs possible death from the flu. Our appointments are already scheduled. Stay healthy all!

    • Vanessa

      I’m with Lana. I used to get the flu shot and still got sick constantly. I switched to a well balanced diet and made sure we all ate oranges and other citrus fruit daily. Now we rarely get sick and we don’t get flu shots at all.

      • Jen

        That’s not how it works!!! The flu shot doesn’t cover every virus strain out there. The flu shot covers only the 4 strains they predict to be deadly. That means that you’ll still get the flu from other strains out there.

    • Go Zags

      Read an interesting article in Runner’s World yesterday. People taking too much vitamin D actually lose some bone density instead of increasing it.

    • Mindy

      If anyone doesn’t want the flu shot deal then move on to the next post. No need to comment.

  2. Hunterwoody

    Has anyone ever received the publix GC deal with flu shots? Could the 2 kiddos and I all go and get three gift cards? Sounds fantastic!!

    • Suzanne

      Yes. You each get the gift card. Call your local Publix pharmacy to check on age restrictions though. Some places won’t administer to those under a certain age.

    • boo

      Target is for ages 9 and up

      • Kate

        Ours is ages 3 and up, but looks like it varies by store. Probably best to call before going?

        • Jenny

          It varies depending on the state laws of the age requirement a pharmacist can administer flu shot to!

  3. Natalie

    Right now u get a free scoop of thriftys ice cream from rite aid if u get a flu shot

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing, Natalie! I’m wondering if that might vary by location. I don’t see that listed in my store ad.

  4. Sue

    Our small, local hospital offers them free every year. It’s usually one weekday from 2-7 pm. There is a long line, but it moves quickly, as they have it very well organized. It’s offered in the main lobby of the hospital. They also ask that participants bring dog/cat food or litter, which is collected in the lobby, and then donated to the local animal shelter. That’s where I always get my flu shot.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Awwww, that is so nice and I like how they incorporate the animal shelter donations, Sue!

    • Shelby

      No amount of money you could pay me to get one or any vaccine

  5. Vivi

    Gotta love those $5GC from Target, my Kiddos and I went to get flu shots last year and we all got our little treats afterwards, best of all they were “free”

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      So awesome! Thanks, Vivi!

  6. Sparkle

    What are you concerned about? You’re vaccinated, right? So, who cares what other people do. You’re “protected”.

    • MombieZombie

      I am concerned about my autistic child who is too petrified of needles and is too dangerous to attempt to vaccinate, pregnant women, infants, and the immune comprised. Answer your question?

    • Buckeyemom

      That’s not how this works. Remember Polio? Oh, that’s right, a vaccine eradicated it. Measles? Yep, they’re back. Wonder why? All States need to abolish the religious exemption of vaccinations. If that doesn’t work for your beliefs, homeschool should be your only option.

  7. Rick

    If someone doesn’t want to vaccinate I guess that’s their choice but it is unfair to people that have had immune diseases and cancer and the elderly who need flu shots to help their immune systems. In these cases the pros for vaccination outweigh the cons.

    I am all for using natural home remedies if you’ve also protected yourself with the flu vaccine or any vaccine. Like with all decisions you should be educated, and taking natural medicine is also about being educated. How do we know that people who get ill from vaccines would not have contracted the actual illness and become severely ill or died as well? We need to prevent disease and illness. There once was a day all people would vaccinate and many illnesses were irradiated. Are we going backwards in our thoughts? Yes, some vitamins and herbs will assist the immune system, but I don’t believe any herb can fully irradiate and stop illness like vaccination. If that were the case much illness would have been stopped in 1900.

    • Sparkle

      Clean water played a huge part in preventing disease……..

    • Sparkle

      Plus: if vaccines completely eradicated disease, then those who are vaccinated wouldn’t be able to get said disease. Correct?

    • Leslie

      I am autoimmune BECAUSE of a shot. So, I will never, ever, ever be selfish enough to demand or expect anyone to get injected with anything on my behalf.

    • Leslie

      I’m autoimmune from a shot. Guess what I would NEVER DO? I wouldn’t ask anyone to take get injected with anything – especially not the flu shot – in my behalf. I’m just not that selfish. It’s 13% effective at best anyway.

    • M

      I get the flu shot because I don’t want loved ones with compromised immune systems or anyone else that matter to die because of my personal choices. I hate the idea of flu shots. I hate the idea of all vaccines. I do care about other people though.

  8. Cara

    Getting mine today. I always go to Walgreen’s for mine since I’m already there searching for deals. I had a severe case of the flu 10 years ago and I’ve gotten my shot every year since then with no issues. Do what is best for you and your family 🙂

  9. Lisa

    I can’t get the flu shot anymore because of one of my auto immune disorders. It causes my liver and spleen to swell. My husband and son get there shots though and I basically avoid public as much as possible until March.

    Most people think having the flu is no big deal and that’s because they’ve never actually been diagnosed with the flu. They use the term flu to describe a basic cold or other illness. The real flu is horrible and dangerous. I nearly died from Flu A las year. My husband had B many years back and also had to be hospitalized.

  10. Leslie

    My grandmother got guillian barre from the flu SHOT. I watched her slowly paralyze to death. Her last days were spent blinking once for yes and twice for no. It’s been ten years since then and I still can’t get that out of my mind. I’m autoimmune from a shot too, so obviously, I find this “deal post” irresponsible. If it’s worth it to take the chance for a gift card, it’s your life. Too bad the manufacturers have no liability if/when you get injured as they’ve paid out over 4b tax payer dollars for damages and death. But, hey! Free gift card.

    • Mandy

      My sister-in-law got Guillian Barre also years ago from the shot. Thankfully she survived. I’m so sorry that your grandmother didn’t.

    • Sparkle

      I’m so sorry about your grandmother.

    • rebecca

      how is this deal post irresponsible? if there is a deal posted for bread that comes with a gift card, and then a person who has celiac’s disease might read the post, is that irresponsible of this website? it is not the job of the posters to make sure they don’t post anything that has ever adversely affected anyone in the history of all allergies or diseases.
      according to the medical Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System, “It is considered that the benefits of vaccination in preventing influenza outweigh the small risks of GBS [Guillain-bare Syndrome] after vaccination. In fact, natural influenza infection is a stronger risk factor for the development of GBS than is influenza vaccination and getting the vaccination actually reduces the risk of GBS overall by lowering the risk of catching influenza”

  11. Dee

    Disappointed in the pseudoscience and the misinformation being spread here. Smart people get a flu shot (unless they can’t). Seatbelts don’t save everyone in a crash, but science says they help, so I buckle up. People like Mercola ( the quack cited earlier, who should be noted, sold tanning beds for “health”) should be held accountable for the lies spread. If you won’t protect your own health with the shot, please stay away from the vulnerable elderly (esp. those with respiratory illness), infants and those with compromised immune systems. You can spread the flu without coming down with symptoms yourself.

    • Lana

      Strictly your opinion. WE ARE THE ELDERLY. The ones that are most likely to make us sick are our grandchildren who have had the shot. They are always sick.

      • Amy

        Please be careful. Studies have shown that high doses of vitamin d in those who do not have a vitamin deficiency increased the risk of falls in the elderly population by 20-30%. There are also several conditions that are worsened by taking vitamin d supplements and quite a few drug interactions.

    • Sparkle

      Hahaha! Please tell me how someone can spread something that they don’t have 🤔🤷‍♀️

      • rebecca

        easily. by carrying the germs on their person.
        if airborne droplet of a person infected with Whooping Cough land on me, for example, i may not catch it due to being vaccinated, but i can spread those germs via the droplets that got on me to someone who is immuno-compromised/not vaccinated.
        this makes perfect sense.
        it is the same concept as if peanut dust landed on me, and i didn’t get sick, but i accidentally killed someone else who had a severe peanut allergy by having contact with them.

  12. Maggie

    Many large employers also arrange for flu shots on-site — universities, government agencies, etc. often have a day where you can get them free at work in October. Check with your HR if you are employed by a large entity to see if they’ve got them scheduled this Fall. If you’re a student, check with the campus student health center for the days of the annual flu shot clinic.

    • Dee

      You can be a carrier of the virus. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Some people can be infected with the flu virus but have no symptoms. During this time, those people may still spread the virus to others.

  13. Mimi

    Y’all wild. If you don’t wanna get a flu shot, just don’t and keep that to yourselves. I need one, and if I can get a discount on it great. If you don’t want someone to tell you to get the shot, maybe don’t comment in a thread about getting the shot??

  14. Amy

    Just like every other deal posted on this site, if it’s not something you need/want, just keep scrolling. Many readers get the flu shot and this post is meant to inform them of the best deals out there.

  15. Chris

    I cannot believe the uneducated people on this planet. Vaccines save lives. In 20 years, there was *one* year a family member didn’t get the vaccine due to cost and they almost DIED. If you choose not to, fine, just lock yourself in your house for a few months so you aren’t spending it to babies and other vulnerable populations. Please don’t go out in public.

    • Sparkle

      People who are immune compromised should be protecting themselves, not demanding others do it for them. There are plenty of illnesses that they can catch that do not have a vaccine or shot to supposedly prevent. People need to take responsibility for themselves

  16. Chelle

    I appreciate the warnings from people who have been injured by vaccines. I appreciate all unbiased product reviews whether it is threatening to a multi-billion dollar industry or not. The science is not “settled.” Science never is. Keep researching people, and be humble. You just might be grateful for these opposing viewpoints if you do. One size does not fit all, and just because you haven’t seen Ill effects from your personal vaccinations does not invalidate the experiences of others. Peace.

    • Micala

      This. ^ Neither side of this hot topic issue should be condemning each other. We all parent differently, for various reasons. And we all deserve the freedom to make informed choices for our family.

    • renee

      Thank you, Chelle. I agree your point, ‘The science is not “settled.” Science never is.’ I also appreciate your comment, “One size does not fit all, and just because you haven’t seen ill effects from your personal vaccinations does not invalidate the experiences of others.”

      Someone can say “I’m a microbiologist/immunologist”, or “I’m getting my PhD in chemical biology”. They can say, “It’s very important to listen to doctors, aka, the experts (you know, the ones who went to medical school)!” Or, as chickie00 mentioned, they can have “letters after their name”. THAT DOES NOT MAKE THEM, OR THEIR EDUCATION, OR THE SCIENCE THEY HAVE BEEN TAUGHT, INFALLIBLE.

      We are still human, always learning, and always making mistakes. How many times have we found out that science and the experts got it wrong? Look at what has now been discovered about superbugs and the overprescribing of antibiotics, just as one example. While I’m very thankful for both science and doctors, I firmly believe that they are not right about everything. None of us are.

      Thank you, Chelle. I agree your point, ‘The science is not “settled.” Science never is.’ I also appreciate your comment, “One size does not fit all, and just because you haven’t seen ill effects from your personal vaccinations does not invalidate the experiences of others.”

      Someone can say “I’m a microbiologist/immunologist”, or “I’m getting my PhD in chemical biology”. They can say, “It’s very important to listen to doctors, aka, the experts (you know, the ones who went to medical school)!” Or, as chickie00 mentioned, they can have “letters after their name”. THAT DOES NOT MAKE THEM, OR THEIR EDUCATION, OR THE SCIENCE THEY HAVE BEEN TAUGHT, INFALLIBLE.

      We are still human, always learning, and always making mistakes. How many times have we found out that science and the experts got it wrong? Look at what has now been discovered about superbugs and the overprescribing of antibiotics, just as one example. While I’m very thankful for both science and doctors, I firmly believe that they are not right about everything. None of us are.

      • renee

        Oops! Sorry about the whole double post thing I just did there.

      • Dee

        A medical degree doesn’t make them infallible, but I’d rather they advised me on health than Jane Doe on the internet selling her essential oils. I don’t take my car to be fixed by anyone but the best mechanics. I’m not going to let my mechanic fix my car with “alternative” tools like chanting over it or putting some sweet smelling lavender on the seats to make the engine calm down. I’m trusting a professional who has an in-depth understanding of how a vehicle works. The same with my health and my body. Science is cautious about making broad statements or drawing conclusions, but everyone I’ve seen peddling alternative medicine has the cure for anything that might ail you. Lemon slices in water are going to change your alkaline levels and ward off cancer. Sure, Jan.

  17. lorimills

    Nope…no flu vaccines for us either.

  18. chickie00

    Might wanna check out VEARS for injury compensations from the flu shot while considering it. And read the manufacturers insert (that the doctors/pharmacists never hand out) while you’re at it.

    Just one thought…. Did you know, for the second half of the Australian flu season it only worked for 9% of people? Less than 10%. 😳
    Said another way, that means for 91% of people who got the shot *with thimerosal*, it DID NOT WORK. Neurotoxicity and a suppressed immune system, making you more likely to get another serious respiratory infection, with no benefit.

    Sure, there are people with letters after their name that will tell you it’s “fine” & even good for you. But there are also people with letters after their name that will share with you that it’s not. What makes one better than another? The truth. Look up the studies & information for YOURSELF. You WILL NOT find a single double blind placebo-controlled (FDA “gold standard”) study on ANY vaccine – ask ALL your friends with letters after their name to show you ONE. They can’t.
    Also, wonder why flu deaths are lumped in with pneumonia deaths – and search ACTUAL FLU death stats before parroting their scare tactics.
    Also, on those vaccine inserts (being given OFF LABEL to pregnant women by the way!!!) it states (13.1) that they also have not been evaluated for their ability to impair fertility or their carcinogenic or mutagenic effects.

    I just want you ALL to have INFORMED CONSENT! <3
    Be Well.

    • renee

      I really appreciated your post, chickie00. I just mentioned you in a reply I made to a post by Chelle. I felt you made some really good points.

    • Sparkle

      Thank you for sharing this information! It’s important that everyone does their research and makes the decision that’s best for THEM!

  19. Martha Duke

    What a divisive topic. Here’s my first hand experience with the flu. 2 years ago I lost my sister to the flu, it was devastating & unexpected, she had the flu shot. Fast forward to February of this year, both my children, technically grown, 18 & 19, still living at home, got the flu. My oldest had the flu shot because it’s required by his work in home healthcare. My youngest did not. Then low and behold I’m hit with it for the 3rd, yes 3rd year in a row. This year however was the worst, I thought I was going to die, had to call an ambulance & when I got to the ER the wait was so long, yes, even in the back/triage, and all I wanted to do was lay down. The beds were horrible and I begged to go home, they said I could leave but did not recommend it & it would be against doctors orders, I stayed! My point, one person in my household got the flu shot, still got the flu, along with me & my youngest son. I was by far the sickest granted I was under a lot of stress, which I’m thinking didn’t help. While in the hospital, every nurse, and I mean every one that seen me while there said the flu shot did not work & they wouldn’t get one if not made too by work. I was somewhat shocked but I had always heard this. While in the hospital I acquired a blood clot from an IV, I’m still on blood thinners from the BC some 7 months later.
    For me, listening to the nurses, losing my sister to the flu, my son getting the flu, all had the flu shot, I’m unsure what to do. I’m already worried about what to do about this flu season coming up since I’ve gotten the flu 3 yrs in a row, again, this last time being the worst. The thing is, I never get sick. I pride myself on not ever getting any kind of sickness, until the last 3 years & it’s been the flu and only the flu, which is enough.

    Going to have to pray about what to do about this years epidemic because I kw it’s around the corner! Please pray for me and my household! We’d appreciate it.

    (Excuse any errors, talking about what happened to my sister and all is still hard). Thanks for “listening”.

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