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Costco Pharmacy: Seasonal 4-Strain Flu Shot (Afluria/Flucelvax)
Note, most insurance do not charge for this vaccination. However, if you do not have insurance, this is a great & cost effective way to get your seasonal flu shot.
How do you prepare for an immunization?
- Save time, bring your completed and signed Immunization Consent Form
- Walk in anytime. No appointment necessary, wait times depend on pharmacist availability. Find your local Costco Pharmacy
- Bring your insurance card, many insurance companies cover immunizations given at the pharmacy
- Wear comfortable clothing including a short sleeved shirt
- Soreness or redness at injection site
- Runny nose
- Wheezing or coughing
Editor's Notes & Price Research
What a lot of people don't know is anyone can get their prescription filled at Costco, even those who don't have a membership. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu shot every year. Seasonal flu vaccines have an excellent safety record. It is especially important to get a flu shot if you, someone you live with, or someone you care for is at high risk for complications from the flu. This includes people who are pregnant, have weak immune systems, and the very young and the very old.
Please refer to the forum thread for additional locations, info, and discussion on this topic for the best value - Discombobulated
If you don't have insurance:
Costco has the quadrivalent (4 strain) shot available for $19.99 for anyone, member or not, much cheaper than anywhere else. Just tell the person at the front you are there for the pharmacy, as that's open to everyone.
Quote :Federal law is your friend in this case. Due to the way it's written, Costco must allow you to use the service of their pharmacy even if you don't have a membership. This means you can take advantage of their inexpensive prices on prescription drugs and immunizations without shelling out $55 for a membership.
To gain access to the Costco pharmacy without a membership, you simple need to tell the card checker at the door you are their to visit the pharmacy and they should let you right in. Once in, it doesn't give you access to buy anything you want in the store. You are limited to making purchases from the pharmacy (and in some states, alcohol)...
Based on the history of this year's flu season in Australia, it could be a bad year for flu.
I urge everyone, especially if you have any health conditions like asthma, COPD, diabetes, etc. to get the vaccine.
On a personal note, please get your flu shot. This last year, my cousin's husband got the flu, and he never got over it. He got sicker and sicker, was in the icu with pneumonia, which is a common complication, and died from multi-organ failure. He was a healthy, vibrant guy in his late 40s, salt of the earth, loved his hunting and fishing, and now he's gone. The flu is not a laughing matter, it can be deadly serious.
Please, no vaccine bashing here. If you're anti-vax, just move on to another thread.
Stay healthy, everyone!
ETA: Several posters have pointed out something important:
If you don't get the flu shot for yourself, get it to protect loved ones who may not be so healthy.
If it prevents you from getting the flu, you can't spread it to elderly friends or relatives or others who are not so healthy, and not so likely to survive catching it.
Spread the love, not the flu.
Publix gives out $10 gift cards if you get the shot:
Target/CVS gives out a $5 gift card with the shot:
Free Flu Shots - San Mateo County, CA
Only certain dates, so check now!
CDC - What are the benefits of flu vaccination?
Vaccine locator from HHS:
Yahoo News article discussing where to look for free flu vaccine:
Safeway is offering a 10% off shopping coupon with the flu shot. Often free with insurance.- Thanks, PossumLodge
Sam's Club has it for $20 with their plus card - Thanks, jen1985
$20 w discount card at CVS inside of Target and get a $5 coupon to shop at Target - Thanks, ShawnS1458
$40 at kroger age 65 and under, $60 for 65+ - without insurance cost. Costco charges $45 for age 65+, it has 3 strain but higher dose.
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