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Costco Pharmacy: Seasonal 4-Strain Flu Shot (Afluria/Flucelvax)

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Costco Pharmacy via Costco Wholesale [Warehouse Locator] is offering their Seasonal 4-Strain Flu Shot (Afluria/Flucelvax) for $19.99. Thanks ProfessorChaos

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?
  1. Save time, bring your completed and signed Immunization Consent Form
  2. Walk in anytime. No appointment necessary, wait times depend on pharmacist availability. Find your local Costco Pharmacy
  3. Bring your insurance card, many insurance companies cover immunizations given at the pharmacy
  4. Wear comfortable clothing including a short sleeved shirt
Possible Side Effects Include (varies from person/person but typically is a safe procedure)
  • Soreness or redness at injection site
  • Aches
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Runny nose
  • Wheezing or coughing
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
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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

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This article lists prices at various national store chains where you can get your shot. Most insurance will cover your cost anywhere, but some stores give out gift cards or rebates, so check for that.

https://www.goodrx.com/blog/heres...this-year/

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.

https://www.costco.com/Pharmacy/a...ogram.html

https://www.savingadvice.com/arti...rship.html

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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)...
There are other ways to get the vaccine if you don't have insurance. Check your local city or county health services, as they often have free immunization programs. Google around some for any other programs. If you're in college, there's a very good chance your school may give you the vaccine for free. Contact the Student Health department at your school. Because students are in dorms and attending many classes, they are more likely to be exposed.

Based on the history of this year's flu season in Australia, it could be a bad year for flu.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/0...erica.html

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. Big Grin



Publix gives out $10 gift cards if you get the shot:

https://slickdeals.net/f/13432567-free-10-publix-gift-card-when-you-get-your-flu-shot-at-any-publix-pharmacy?v=1&src=SiteSearch


Target/CVS gives out a $5 gift card with the shot:

https://slickdeals.net/f/13348684-get-a-free-5-target-coupon-when-you-get-a-flu-shot-at-cvs-target-locations?v=1&src=SiteSearch

https://20somethingfinance.com/wh...flu-shots/

Additional resources:

https://vaccinefinder.org/

https://20somethingfinance.com/wh...flu-shots/

https://www.singlecare.com/blog/d...flu-shots/

Free Flu Shots - San Mateo County, CA
https://www.smchealth.org/sites/m...nglish.pdf
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Last Edited by java007 October 12, 2019 at 06:13 AM
Centers for Disease Control - Who Needs a Flu Vaccine and When
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/vaccinations.htm

CDC - What are the benefits of flu vaccination?
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/v...nefits.htm

Vaccine locator from HHS:
https://www.vaccines.gov/getting/where

Yahoo News article discussing where to look for free flu vaccine:
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/h...07122.html

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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Most think of only themselves when talking about getting flu shots, not the sicker older and younger people they could spread it to. Sometimes getting the shot is not for your benefit... that's why the selfish don't understand the point.
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Thank you for this post and the reminder as well as your personal story. I don't know what is appropriate to say but my thoughts are with you.

2 years ago I was unable to get a flu shot in my (walking distance) area even though I have insurance but it seemed that none of the pharmacies (all 3 big chains) used the brand my insurance covered. I went via train to a different town to get my flu shot.

Our local library offers free flu shots on certain dates for those residents without insurance, too.
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Flu shots are preventative and must be covered before deductible. Disinformation, the modern MURICAN value.
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Thank you for this post and the reminder as well as your personal story. I don't know what is appropriate to say but my thoughts are with you.

2 years ago I was unable to get a flu shot in my (walking distance) area even though I have insurance but it seemed that none of the pharmacies (all 3 big chains) used the brand my insurance covered. I went via train to a different town to get my flu shot.

Our local library offers free flu shots on certain dates for those residents without insurance, too.
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Safeway is offering a 10% off shopping coupon with the flu shot. Often free with insurance.
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If you have insurance, almost all doctors' offices will have the vaccine and can give you the shot. Sometimes it's hard to get in to the office, which is why it's often easier to get it at a local store.

Sorry you had to deal with insurance company BS, Crochetier!

I've seen too many patients who were deathly ill or worse from the flu. Prevention or even attenuation of the flu is priceless.

Stay healthy, everyone!
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TU just for reminding that its time for Flu shot, and for sharing your personal story Frown thoughts and prayers for your cousin and the family
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Safeway is offering a 10% off shopping coupon with the flu shot. Often free with insurance.
Publix gave me a $10 store coupon after my shot.
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If you have insurance, almost all doctors' offices will have the vaccine and can give you the shot. Sometimes it's hard to get in to the office, which is why it's often easier to get it at a local store.

Sorry you had to deal with insurance company BS, Chochetier!

I've seen too many patients who were deathly ill or worse from the flu. Prevention or even attenuation of the flu is priceless.

Stay healthy, everyone!
Thank you for the advice. I honestly didn't know that, but I am from a different country (in which you get your vaccines at the doctor's office and not at the pharmacy), and only live here since a few years so some things, especially health insurance stuff in the US, is still new to me. We were surprised that you get the shots at pharmacies here and thought it's the only way to get it.

I was seriously considering going to my child's pediatrician since she got the shot there for free/covered by insurance. Lol

Fortunately, last year and this year, the pharmacy closest to us could give it to me covered by insurance.
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Quad? Is this normal?

I though any years vaccine was normally one strain estimated to be the most active that season.
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