Lessening your chance of getting sick isn’t the only advantage to getting a flu shot, you can also earn some cool stuff. A number of U.S. pharmacies are offering some sweet perks to lessen the pain of getting stuck by a needle.
From earning $5 coupons to 10% off your grocery bill, you can save quite a bit of money when you get flu shots and other immunizations.
These pharmacies have the best flu shot deals
Here are some of the best flu shot deals we’ve been able to find. At many of the following places, you may have to fill out a vaccine consent form, which may be found online at the respective company’s website:
Pharmacies inside Albertsons grocery stores offer free flu shots with no co-pay unless specified by the insurance plan. When you get a flu shot at Albertsons, you get a coupon for 10% off your next grocery purchase, where permitted by law, the store says.
Albertsons operates pharmacies in several other branded stores, which means that 10% coupon is available at the following retailers:
CVS advertises a “no-cost” flu shot, which is true with most insurance policies, but there may be a co-pay depending on your plan. A seasonal vaccine is $39.99 and high-dose vaccine is $69.99.
As a bonus, CVS gives $5 off $25 purchase to those who get a flu shot there.
Giant Food customers who get a flu shot at an in-store pharmacy will receive a free coupon book. The store says the coupon book has “more than $28 in savings for various items and services at Giant.”
Customers who choose to get flu shots at Kroger can do so without making an appointment. And here’s the good part: You can earn fuel points as you would if you were having a prescription filled.
Here’s what it says on the grocer’s website: “Prescriptions paid for, in whole or in part, by a federal healthcare program such as Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare, will receive Pharmacy Fuel Points based on out-of-pocket spend (i.e. $1 copay = 1 Fuel Point).”
At Publix pharmacies, you can get a free flu shot plus a free $10 gift card that you can use immediately in the store. On the grocery chain’s website, it says the deal is “available now for a limited time. Just stop by anytime we’re open. No appointment necessary.”
Target is another place where you can get a free flu shot in many cases. Eligible patients may be able to avoid a co-payment as well, depending on their insurance.
Get vaccinated at the store’s pharmacies, which are operated by CVS Health, and you “get a free $5 coupon when you earn 10 credits by filling prescriptions, signing up for alerts, getting vaccinated and more,” the store says.
Walgreens recommends that you call a location in your area to find out if the flu vaccine is available and its price.
Know of any other pharmacies that offer deals or coupons? Let us know in the comments.