Get Your Flu Shot
In addition to being able to get the flu shot from your doctor, now you can go to Maxim Health Systems, which offers flu shots at over 20,000 clinics nationwide.
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Cholera vaccine. COVID-19 vaccine. Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis vaccine. Hepatitis A vaccine. Hepatitis B vaccine. Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Influenza (flu) vaccine. Japanese encephalitis vaccine. The seasonal flu vaccine is available at no cost to Aetna members who have benefits that cover preventive services. The vaccine is available for adults and for children 6 months and older. Children aged 6 months through age 8 who have never had the vaccine or have only had one dose in their lifetimes should have two doses of the flu vaccine. You pay nothing for a flu shot if your doctor or other qualified health care provider accepts Assignment for giving the shot.Don’t wait to get the flu shot. You can get the flu shot many places, including your doctor’s office and your local pharmacy — contact them for details. There may be a copay or fee for getting vaccinated, depending on what state you live in and the doctor you see to get vaccinated. Contact your state Medicaid office to learn more.
If you or members of your family have not received a flu shot this year, now is the time to get one. Call your doctor for an appointment, or to find the Maxim flu shot clinic nearest you, go to Maxim's website at www.findaflushot.com, or call Maxim 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll free at 1-866-466-2976.
More Information About Maxim Flu Clinics
- The Maxim flu shot clinics are being held October 1 through mid-November.†
- Take your Aetna member ID card with you when you go to get a flu shot. Maxim will first bill Aetna, and will bill you later for any amount not covered by your medical plan. Maxim does not charge a copay. Note: This excludes Maxim flu clinics held at Costco locations. Costco limits the availability of the flu shot to Costco members and does not accept insurance. However, they will accept Medicare.
- Members not presenting their Aetna ID cards will be asked to pay at the time the flu shot is given. Maxim is charging the public $25.00 for the flu shot.
- Maxim does not give the flu shot to children under 9 years of age.
- Anyone can get the flu. While most people may be sick for only a few days, some may get much sicker and need to be admitted to a hospital.
- The flu shot can prevent the flu and may be given at the same time as other vaccines.*
- Unlike many other vaccines, a flu shot is needed every year. The flu vaccine is updated every year because the viruses that cause the flu change often.*
- The flu shot does not contain live viruses, so you cannot get the flu from the flu shot.*
- Make sure your medical records are up to date. If you receive the flu shot from a Maxim flu shot clinic, give a copy of the shot record to your current doctor.
- Be sure to let the nurse know if you have any allergies or reactions to medications or foods, such as eggs.
- Talk to the doctor if you have any questions or concerns about possible side effects and reactions or have had reactions to flu shots in the past.
For information about your benefits for preventive services, such as the flu vaccine, please Log In to Aetna Navigator™, our self-service member website.
For additional information about the flu, flu vaccine recommendations and prevention, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
† In the event of a vaccine shortage, Maxim will adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and may need to limit access or cancel clinics.
* Department of Health And Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Immunization Program. Vaccine Information Statement - Interim, Inactivated Influenza Vaccine (7/18/05)
'I never get sick.' 'The flu shot doesn't work anyway.' Those are just a couple common excuses -- and, admittedly, excuses I've uttered myself -- when flu season rolls around. For whatever reason, people kick, scream and cry about the flu shot, when just getting the dang thing is the best way to protect yourself from the flu.
You can certainly make other efforts to ward off the virus, such as washing your hands regularly and, in the age of coronavirus, wearing a mask and keeping your distance from other people.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) doesn't hide the fact that the flu shot isn't perfect (no vaccine is perfect), but the fact of the matter is that the flu shot does work and it remains the most effective prevention method for influenza virus.
In this article, learn about where you can find flu shots for cheap and for free, plus more on why you really need one -- and why getting your flu shot is 'more important than ever' in 2020.
Should I get a flu shot during the coronavirus pandemic?© Provided by CNET Getting your flu shot is extra important this year to avoid a 'twindemic.' Sarah Tew/CNET
Yes, yes, and yes again. Getting your flu shot this year is mightily important -- not because the flu shot can protect you from COVID-19 (it can't), but because it can save our hospitals from overflowing. The flu puts hundreds of thousands of people in the hospital every year, from the flu itself and from flu-related complications, such as pneumonia.© Getty Images
Dr. Nabeel Chaudhary, an internist at Manhattan Specialty Care, says everyone who can get the flu shot should get it this year, despite the fact that the novel coronavirus is still circulating. Consider it an essential trip out of your home.
To optimize health and safety, everyone who gets a flu shot should 'Use all recommended precautionary measures, including hand sanitizer and [wearing] face masks while leaving their homes to get the vaccine and for any other reasons,' Dr. Chaudhary says. 'These measures will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and flu.'
As a reminder, you can get your flu shot when you 'go to the doctor for any other reason,' Dr. Chaudhary says. So if you already have an appointment scheduled for something else, minimize your trips to the clinic by getting your flu shot then. If you don't feel comfortable going to a doctor's office, try a pharmacy or quick clinic, Dr. Chaudhary says.
Where can I find flu shots near me?
Most local pharmacies offer flu shots, as do drug stores and quick clinics. All of the major chain pharmacies in the US -- CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Walmart, Kroger -- offer flu shots at most of their locations across the country.
Each one offers its own pharmacy finder:
Your local pharmacy probably offers flu shots, too.
You can also ask your primary care physician about getting a flu shot. Many urgent care clinics also offer flu shots, but you might have to cough up a copay -- which is still better than coughing up your lungs if you get the flu.
The CDC offers a handy flu shot finder that works by ZIP code: Try it here.
Can I get a free flu shot?
Sometimes, but not always.
If you have insurance, you can get a discounted or free flu shot almost anywhere, including local pharmacies, chain pharmacies and your primary care doctor's office.
If you go to urgent care, the shot itself might be free or discounted, but you'll likely have to pay the copay. And at your doctor's office, they'll probably offer the shot for free, but you might have to pay for the office visit if it isn't covered by your insurance -- keep these things in mind when weighing your options.
Where to get a flu shot if you don't have insurance
If you don't have insurance, the best place to get a flu shot is usually a pharmacy, according to Rite Aid's executive vice president of pharmacy and retail operations, Jocelyn Konrad. The cost typically ranges from $30 to $40, but there will be no copay or office visit fee, as there would be if you went to a traditional primary care office.
Some pharmacies offer discounts or promotions to incentivize flu shots, such as CVS's '$5 off $25' coupon when you get your flu shot.
When do I need to get the flu shot?
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The ideal time to get vaccinated is before flu season starts and before the flu begins spreading in your community, Konrad told CNET.
The CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October, but getting vaccinated later in the season can still protect you. Many pharmacies and doctor's offices begin offering flu shots as early as the beginning of September.
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Flu shots for babies and children
Young children and babies have a higher risk of contracting the flu, so it's even more critical for them to get vaccinated. However, babies younger than 6 months cannot receive the vaccine, so families with infants should take extra precautions.
Parents and caregivers of children under six months should be vaccinated to prevent getting the flu and passing it along to an infant. And anyone who comes in contact with a young infant should also be vaccinated.