Flu shots are highly recommended for:
- people that are 50 or older
- children ages 6 months to 5 years
- pregnant women
- healthcare workers
- people with chronic medical conditions, like arthritis, cancer, diabetes, dialysis patients, respiratory diseases, heart disease, AIDS, and high blood pressure.
- people who live with others who are at risk for flu-related complications.
When to Get a Flu ShotThe flu season runs from October through April, so the best time to get a flu shot is October and November to provide protection throughout the flu season. You can however get the flu shot at any time.
Cost of a Flu ShotThe cost of a flu shot ranges from $12 to $25 depending on where you get it. Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance companies cover the cost of flu shots for the elderly and other high-risk groups.
Side EffectsMost people who get the flu vaccine experience no side effects. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you cannot get the flu from a flu shot. Some minor side effects that can occur are soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given or a low grade fever.
Where to Get a Flu Shot
- your personal physician
- employer flu shot clinics
- pharmacies (Costco, Giant, CVS, Rite Aid, Shoppers, Food Lion, Bloom, Walmart, BJs)
- county or city health departments
- medical clinics or local hospitals