Where to Get the Flu Vaccine

Cough. Sobbing. Pain. It’s the germiest time of year.

Flu cases are increasing in most of the country. But you can help protect yourself and others by getting vaccinated against the flu. And now is a great time to get ahead of the busy holiday season.

It’s also easier than ever to get a flu shot. Many clinics accept appointments, and your favorite grocery store or pharmacy probably has them. You may not even have to get out of your car if getting a drive-through flu shot is an option.

The most common places that offer flu shots include:

  • Your healthcare provider’s office. If you have an upcoming appointment, ask to get a flu shot while you are in the office or schedule a separate visit. If they don’t have the flu vaccine, ask for a referral.
  • Local pharmacies. You can come in and get vaccinated or schedule your appointment in advance at many pharmacies, from small local pharmacies to major retail pharmacies.
  • supermarkets. Pharmacies inside most major grocery stores, such as Giant, Kroger, Vons and Safeway, typically offer the vaccine. Bulk stores like Costco and Sam’s Club also offer flu shots.
  • Get in or urgent care clinics. Freestanding urgent care clinics and clinics at major retail pharmacies, such as CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid, typically have an on-site clinic that offers the vaccine by appointment.
  • Health departments. Many state and local health departments offer the vaccine.

Flu vaccines may also be available at:

  • religious centers
  • Colleges and universities

To find a place to get a flu shot, contact your state department or visit vaccines.gov for a list by zip code.

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