As the temperatures start dropping and the leaves start falling, many people are looking forward to pumpkin spice, Halloween and the winter holidays. But along with colder weather comes something much less fun: winter illness. Yep, flu season is, once again, upon us.
Getting the flu vaccine is important to protect yourself from the flu while lessening the likelihood of severe illness if you do catch it.
The good news: Getting vaccinated doesn’t have to be expensive. Here’s where to get a flu shot for cheap or free — plus where you could actually snag flu shot deals after getting your vaccine.
Where to Get Cheap or Free Flu Shots
The annual flu vaccine can help protect you from getting the flu and reduce the severity if you do contract it.
The CDC recommends flu shots annually for everyone 6 months and older.
Although September and October are the ideal times to get vaccinated, the CDC notes that you can get a vaccine so long as the flu virus is circulating — flu season doesn’t officially end until around April or May.
If you have health insurance, you’ll likely be able to get a free flu shot. But even if you don’t have insurance, you can still find affordable — and sometimes free — options.
Ready to protect yourself from the influenza virus? Here’s where to go for your shot.
Under the Affordable Care Act, all marketplace insurance plans must cover the cost of the vaccine. But check your plan for details, as some set limitations on where you can get the shot for free.
1. Local Retailers, Grocery Stores and Pharmacies
Many places you already shop offer free flu shots, and some pharmacies and stores will even throw in a special deal or coupon to save money on a future purchase.
Some providers may have limited supplies of the flu vaccine, so check with your location before you go.
Just by showing your insurance card, you can get a free shot. If you don’t have insurance, you can typically…