The flu shot is available in several forms and at many locations in Oklahoma City and the rest of the state.
There are a few versions of the flu shot you can take: Besides the typical flu shot, there's a high-dose shot for people older than 65 and the flu nasal mist, approved for ages 2 through 49 and for women who are not pregnant. Some clinics also offer an intradermal flu shot that has a much smaller needle.
Your county health department has flu shots readily available.
At the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, children and adults with health insurance that covers vaccines and those with incomes above 185 percent of the poverty level will be charged $25 to cover the cost of the vaccine and the cost of administering the shots. The high-dose flu shot is also available for $27.
The health department cannot bill health insurance for individual vaccinations, but some insurance companies might reimburse members who provide receipts. You can pay with cash, check or a credit card.
The Oklahoma City-County Health Department also provides flu vaccinations at no charge to people who qualify through a variety of programs. Those eligible include families with income at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level; seniors who are on Medicare; and children who have no health insurance, or are on SoonerCare or are Native American or Alaskan natives, or children whose insurance does not cover vaccines. It's important to bring documentation with you that includes the name of person seeking vaccination fee waivers.
Some pharmacies have flu shots available. At Walgreens, flu shots are $31.99 if you're paying cash. A flu shot is usually covered under Medicare Part B as well as many insurance plans, such as Blue Cross Blue Shields of Oklahoma. Also at Walgreens, you can get a free immunization assessment to find out what other vaccines you might need.
At CVS/pharmacy, the cost of a regular flu shot is $31.99. Many health plans, typically cover the full cost of a flu shot. Direct medical billing for many national and regional health plans that cover all or part of the cost of a flu shot is also available.
CVS also offers the intradermal vaccine for $36.99 and the high-dose vaccine for $49.99. CVS does not offer the flu mist. Walgreens also has both vaccines.
— JACLYN COSGROVE, STAFF WRITER