This year’s influenza season is turning out to be nasty, with higher than average number of people hospitalized already. If you haven’t had a flu shot, it’s especially important to protect yourself and your family. Immunizations are widely available across the Front Range. For the best deal, check with your insurance plan or doctor to see if you can get one for FREE. In almost all cases, the answer is YES! Pharmacies and clinics can also contact your insurance company on your behalf.
There are two vaccines — the Trivalent (3-strains) and Quadrivalent (4-strains). Adults over the age of 65 may need the High Dose flu shot which does cost even more but is covered by Medicare. For those without insurance, there are options. But, be a good shopper as prices vary widely. We checked out the major chains and here’s what they told us:
Target (CVS Pharmacy) — $19.79/quad. You also receive a $5 Target gift card.
Sam’s Club — $19.98/quad. Remember you don’t have to be a Sam’s Club member to use their pharmacy.
Costco — $19.99/quad. Remember you don’t have to be a Costco member to use their pharmacy.
King Soopers – $40/quad.
Walgreens – $31.99/tri; $39.99/quad.
Safeway – $32.99/tri; $38.99/quad. You also receive a coupon for 10% off your groceries.
Rite-Aid – $34.99/tri; $39.99/quad.
Walmart – $39.88/quad.