ObamaCare, officially known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, requires all insurance companies to provide policyholders free flu shots, states Time magazine. The only exceptions are some plans established before 2010. For people who don't have insurance, most county health departments offer free vaccinations to children and the elderly.
Under the Affordable Care Act, an insured person must select a network provider to receive the vaccination at no cost. Because insurance companies typically include drug stores, urgent care clinics and discount retailers as part of their provider network, a doctor's visit may not be necessary. However, always call a store or clinic to ensure the vaccination is available at that location, points out Time.
Oftentimes, a person's employer will offer free vaccinations, explains 20SomethingFinance. Some county health departments give free flu shots to everyone. A person considering this option should call to confirm and be prepared to wait in a long line. Some schools provide free flu shots for all attending students, and in some states, such as New Jersey and Connecticut, the shot is mandatory.
Walgreens offers free flu shot vouchers to the uninsured and under insured, according the company website. To find the nearest store offering the service, eligible individuals may call 1-800-925-4733. The vouchers are available on a first come, first served basis, and supplies are limited. When all free avenues have been exhausted, a person can expect to pay the list price of $30 to $55 for the shot, reports Time.