Frugal Flu Shots -- Savings Experiment

Frugal Flu Shots
Frugal Flu Shots

Between medicine, doctor's visits and missing work, being sick with the flu can be expensive. So, if you're looking to get vaccinated this season, don't wait until it's too late. Here are a few options that will help keep your body, and your budget, healthy.

A good place to start is at work. Many companies have started providing free flu shots in the office to help minimize sick days. And if they don't, they may offer reimbursement incentives instead.

Another free option is to call your health insurance provider or local pharmacy. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, most insurance companies are now required to cover preventive care, which includes vaccinations with no co-pay and no deductible. As long as you go to an in-network provider, and this includes certain participating pharmacies, you are entitled to a flu shot at no extra cost.

If neither of those options are available to you, vaccinations are also offered at your local pharmacy for $30 or less. Costco leads the pack when it comes to price, with flu shots ranging around $16. Target is runner up. Flu shots here cost $24.99 and include a 5-percent-off day shopping pass. Finally, flu shots at CVS cost $31.99 plus a 20-percent-off all day shopping pass for in-store purchases up to $100.

So, whether it's through your employer, health insurance or retailer next door, you're taken care of when it comes to budget-friendly flu shots. Select the option most convenient option and stay healthy all winter long.


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