Where to Get a Cheap Flu Shot Without Insurance | Brad's Deals
Here’s something everyone can agree on: getting the flu is pretty much the worst. Your best weapon against flu season is to get yourself vaccinated, and while most neighborhood pharmacies offer flu shots, it’s hard to find information on which pharmacies offer the best deals.
So I called up some of the biggest pharmacy chains in the country and compiled a list comparing the prices of their flu vaccines.
Before we begin, it's worth mentioning that quite a few of the pharmacists I spoke with told me that under most health care plans, the shot is either free or available at a discounted rate. If you have insurance, check with your insurance company or employer to find out how much your plan will cover.
It is also important to note that the prices listed below are for the standard flu vaccine, not the nasal spray or the high-dose shot recommended for people 65 and older, which are both typically more expensive than the standard shot. More information about the different kinds of flu vaccinations can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website. Make sure to speak with your insurance company and/or the pharmacy providing your flu shot to see which kind of flu vaccine is right for you.
2015's cheapest flu shot: Sam's Club and Costco.
The best prices by far are at Sam’s Club and Costco, which charge $15 and $15.27 respectively, and don’t require a membership to get the shot.
2015's most expensive flu shot: Rite-Aid.
In 2014, the pharmacy chain was tied at $31.99 with Walgreens and CVS for most expensive flu shot around, and this year they've raised their price to a whopping $37.99. Target takes second place this year at $34.99 (up from $24.99 last year), and CVS and Walgreens follow close behind at $31.99. It seems the more popular the chain, the more expensive the shot, so while it might be convenient for you to get a flu shot at one of these stores, it's gonna cost you a lot more than it would elsewhere.
2015 Flu Shot Prices (Lowest to Highest)
- Sam’s Club (No membership required, and some locations offer price-matching if you can find flu vaccines for any lower in your area.)
- Costco (No membership required.)
Lunds & Byerlys
- Metro Market
- Pick'n Save
- Walgreens (For every vaccine purchased, Walgreens gives a vaccine to a child in a developing country.)
Getting a flu shot is the best way to ensure the health of your family this flu season. If you don’t see your local pharmacy chain on this list, or if you know of a deal better than Sam’s Club’s $15 flu shot, let us know in the comments!