Where to get a flu shot
You might be able to get one for free.
This post comes from partner blog Blueprint for Financial Prosperity.
It's always possible to get an influenza vaccination unless the vaccine is in short supply, but it's another matter to find a free
flu shot. If you're elderly or in another at-risk group, you stand the
best chance of getting a free shot. If you're healthy and can afford
spending $20, I recommend you leave the freebies for those less
fortunate and pay for your shot.
Where can you find a free flu shot?
Many companies offer flu shots to employees because it makes business
sense. Ask your company's medical services department or human
resources department if flu shots are provided. If they aren't,
recommend that your company investigate the idea. Explain how offering
a $20 shot for free is better than having to put up with lost
productivity when people take sick days.
In my short working
life, the two companies I've worked for both offered a flu shot. Since
everyone in the company generally gets the shot -- free is a great
incentive -- you may have to wait a little while.
Call your medical insurance provider to find out how to get a flu shot
that will be covered. Sometimes you have to go to someone in the
network or jump through hoops. Just make sure you're jumping through
the right ones.
Your city or state health department.
Health departments, in an effort to prevent flu outbreaks, often set up
times when free or subsidized flu shots will be administered to the
general public. You may have to stand in line. This option may be best
for folks who have more time than money, or whose budgets don't allow a
If $20 seems like nothing to you, I would invite you to go with the next option.
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