Every year, getting a flu shot is an important part of keeping you and those around you healthy and safe.
Flu shots are specially designed every year to match the strains in circulation – giving you the best possible chance of preventing disease.
Flu shots are available around you every day – many grocery stores, retail pharmacies, primary care providers and community organizations carry the flu shot and are ready to help. Flu shots can also be received at the same time as the updated COVID vaccine.
Here are six easy ways to get your flu shot:
1. At your doctor’s office
Primary care providers, including pediatricians, often offer the seasonal flu vaccine. Consider asking for a flu shot the next time you see your doctor. If you don’t have an appointment on the schedule in the next month, call their office and ask about how you can get a flu shot. If you don’t have a primary care provider, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network members can find an in-network provider here online.
2. At your pharmacy
Pharmacies offer a convenient, fast way to get your flu shot. Whether it’s a retail pharmacy or a pharmacy inside of a grocery store, staff trained to administer vaccines are ready to help. Some pharmacies offer online appointment booking as well to facilitate the process.
If you have a Blue Cross plan with prescription coverage, call your pharmacy to see if they accept your health plan. If you have a BCN plan and you’re in Michigan, you can go to a pharmacy to get your flu shot covered. The Find a Doctor tool can help you find a pharmacy near you.
3. At a clinic
Some community organizations offer flu shots clinics for free.
4. At your workplace
Some employers may offer vaccine clinics to their employees. Check to see if your workplace will have the flu shot available this year.
5. At your school
Some school systems, colleges and universities may host flu shot clinics for students. College students should check with their university’s health center for more information.
6. At a local health department
In Michigan, each county health department has vaccines for the seasonal flu as well as other recommended shots available. Find the health department office in your county here.
The best time to get a seasonal flu shot is in September or October each year, but it’s never too late to get a flu vaccine. It takes several weeks for the body to build its full immunity against the flu virus after receiving a shot, and peak flu months in Michigan often run November to April.
If you have questions about the vaccine, especially if you are managing a chronic health condition or have an allergy, talk with your health care provider before scheduling an appointment. Blue Cross and BCN members should always bring their ID card with them to their flu shot appointments.
Help with flu shots
Most flu vaccines are free or low-cost with insurance; however, if you are uninsured or underinsured there are options available.
The Michigan VFC Program provides vaccines at no cost to children less than 19 years of age and are either Medicaid-eligible, uninsured, underinsured, or American Indian/Alaska Native.
The Michigan AVP Program provides vaccine at no cost to adults 19 years and older seen at participating providers such as local health departments, federally qualified health centers, tribal health centers, migrant health centers and more.
Learn more about flu season from MIBluesPerspectives.com:
- Flu Season 2023-2024: What You Need to Know
- Flu Shots for Adults Age 65 and Older: What to Know
- How to Prepare Now for the Tripledemic of the Flu, COVID and RSV