Posted on 7 September 2020
In the United States,activity tends to start rising in October, and usually peaks in February. This is because generally survive better outside the body when it’s cold. This applies to seasonal just as it does to , so there’s a good chance we may see a rise in COVID-19 cases over the winter.
To avoid a ‘double whammy’ of COVID-19 and a badseason, it’s especially important to get the seasonal vaccine this year, and the recommends that everyone over 6 months get a vaccine. Here’s how you can get yours if you live in the US, preferably with as little cost as possible.
VaccineFinder is a tool run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that will help you find a location near you where you can get vaccinated, while MedFinder is a similar tool for medication.
All marketplace insurance plans must cover the cost of theunder the Affordable Care Act (thought there can be limitations on where free vaccines are administered). Flu shots are also free under Medicare and many other health plans. Many companies organise seasonal vaccination days for employees and their family members, often at no cost.
If none of these options are available, many retail chains and pharmacies offer thevaccine. Costco wins out in terms of price, as both members and non-members pay about $20 for a quadrivalent (protecting against the four most prevalent flu strains). Other options include Walmart, CSV/pharmacy and Meijer, all of which offer quadrivalent for around $40, while high dose vaccines for seniors will usually cost around $75.