As much as our Cheapsters love saving money, we only need to mention one key word to demonstrate that health is even more important than deals and discounts: ebola. With the news constantly tracking this deadly disease , it can be easy to get caught up in all the fear surrounding an admittedly awful virus.
Just because ebola looks like the meanest disease around these days, however, doesn’t mean we should all turn our back on the flu. A few Americans have contracted ebola, while the CDC notes that 5-20% of Americans suffer from the flu every season. And while we can’t point out opportunities to be vaccinated against ebola (at this point, anyway), here’s a roundup of the places where you can gain protection from the flu:
CVS: Most insurance plans will enable you to receive your flu shot at CVS this year for FREE. Not only that, they’ll give you a 20% off shopping pass with a flu shot. Of course, “most insurance plans” does not mean “all insurance plans”, so we recommend your plan and its copay procedures before checking out the CVS Immunization Scheduler. If your insurance doesn’t cover you, the cost is $31.99 for your flu shot this year, but you’ll still get that shopping pass.
Walgreens: The same idea at CVS applies to Walgreens as well. Most insurance plans are accepted (though the price tag here is $31.99 as well without insurance acceptance), and Walgreens will give you a FREE immunization assessment from the pharmacist when you receive your flu shot to determine which other immunizations may be right for you.
Costco – If you don’t have insurance but you do happen to have a Costco membership, this one’s a great deal at just $14.99 for the flu shot.
Walmart – It may not be as cheap as Costco, but it isn’t hard to find a Walmart in this city. And at $25 for the flu shot, you’re saving money compared toe the pharmacies.
Meijer – Insurance acceptance varies at Meijer, too, and the shot costs $27.99 otherwise.
Finally, the other option is to check out these one-time deals around Marion County. All of them cost $15 for adults and $10 for kids. Here are the times and places:
- Chin Community Center – 9:00 a.m. to noon Tuesday October 21 at 2524 E. Stop 11 Road
- Southport Presbyterian Church – 9:00 a.m. to noon Tuesday October 28 at 7525 McFarland Boulevard