How to Get a Free Flu Shot

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Every season it can seem as if the flu virus gets worse. Having a flu shot can prevent the influenza virus from taking hold of your system, putting you out of commission for weeks at a time. Sometimes though, you might not have the money needed to receive the flu shot and prevent yourself from getting sick. There are ways to get the flu vaccine for free, you just have to know where and how to get it.

Things You'll Need

  • Medicare card or identification card
  • Use your Medicare card. People who are receiving Medicare such as the elderly and disabled can get the flu vaccine for free at most clinics and doctor’s offices by just making an appointment and presenting their Medicare card. Walk-in clinics will also usually have the flu vaccine where you don’t have to make an appointment. The health department is another place where Medicare patients can receive a free flu shot.

  • Utilize your student status. College students can receive free flu vaccines at a college health fair annually. You must present your student ID and be sure to get there early because there are usually limited supplies on hand.

  • Check with your employer. Larger companies and even some small businesses can get a discount on flu vaccines and sometimes offer them at no cost to their employees. Giving their employees free flu shots helps ensure that they will have fewer employees out of work due to illness caused by influenza. It’s a cost-effective way to help you and their business at the same time.

  • Be a member of the military. Military personnel can receive a no-cost flu shot at the infirmary or at a military designated area set up specifically for flu shot vaccinations. Be sure to check on the times and dates.

  • Call your local health clinic. Some health clinics in certain cities will offer the flu shot for free for usually one day only or on certain dates. Be sure to get there early on the day that they offer the vaccine.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always take your ID with you to get your flu shot no matter which avenue you are taking.
  • Let your doctor or nurse know of any allergic reactions or illness after your shot.
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