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Flu vaccines: the bargain shopper’s dream

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Are you preparing for Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals? Here’s one from Aetna and other insurers that you may have missed, and the offer is still good. It can help you stay healthy for all those holiday parties and family gatherings, and it’s on the ultimate sale – for most people, it’s 100 percent off.

It’s the flu vaccine. It helps people stay healthy and out of the hospital, and it helps save lives. It’s that simple.

Almost every health plan covers flu vaccines with no cost to you. No lines, no waiting, no cost. Just walk up to your local pharmacy counter, show your insurance ID, roll up your sleeve, and in less time than it would take you to find and order that jacket online, you’ve protected yourself against the flu. And it costs you $0 (just use a pharmacy in your health plan’s network).

You don’t even have to buy two vaccines to get one free. Your whole family can get protected without spending a dollar. Take your parents, your grandparents, your kids. (While adults and kids ages 9 and Pediatrician: Focus on Vaccination Syringeover can get their vaccines from a pharmacist, kids ages 6 months to 9 years old can get their vaccines at their doctor’s office or at a clinic. You might even find a clinic at the same pharmacy where you get your vaccine from the pharmacist.)

No, the flu shot can’t give you the flu. And this year’s vaccine is looking like a particularly good match for the strains of flu virus likely to circulate.

Don’t wait. While the price won’t go up, the longer you wait, the more likely it is that you will meet up with the flu virus without protection. And that will make for a less than merry holiday season.