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Where can I still get a flu shot for me or my children?

A file photo of a Walgreens Pharmacy flu shot display. The drugstore chain, plus CVS and several grocery stores like Publix and Winn-Dixie, also offer flu shots. Some are free if your insurance provider is accepted. Otherwise, expect to pay $20 to $70 for a shot, depending on the vaccine, your age and the outlet. Doctors also provide flu shots to their patients.
A file photo of a Walgreens Pharmacy flu shot display. The drugstore chain, plus CVS and several grocery stores like Publix and Winn-Dixie, also offer flu shots. Some are free if your insurance provider is accepted. Otherwise, expect to pay $20 to $70 for a shot, depending on the vaccine, your age and the outlet. Doctors also provide flu shots to their patients. AP

So now that you know you should get a flu shot since this has been one heck of a crummy flu season, where can you get one?

The good news is that in addition to your primary care doctor, there are many options for adults at drug store and supermarket chains. Children 18 and younger have fewer choices, but they aren’t out of luck.

Drugstore chains like Walgreens and CVS advertise the availability of free flu shots for many insurance plans, but you’ll want to check in advance if you’re covered. Some urgent care centers offer flu shots. Supermarkets like Publix and Winn-Dixie and members-only retailers like Costco also offer flu shots — often for free — but, again, you’re advised to check with your store’s pharmacy to see whether they will accept your health insurance provider.

The grocery stores offer flu shots for adults 18 and older only. Children 6 months to 18 years of age can get flu shots at some CVS and Walgreens locations if these outlets have internal clinics that are staffed by a nurse. Not all of them do. You’re advised to call your regular pharmacy and ask whether they provide flu vaccines for children. Your pediatrician would be your best bet.

If your insurance doesn’t pick up the tab, the out-of-pocket cost for a flu shot can run between $20 and $70, depending on the type of vaccine, your age (over 65 often costs more) and the outlet.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since this is such a heavy flu season, health providers have experienced vaccine shortages in some parts of north, central and southwest Florida.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health both use the same online Flu Vaccine Finder widget. Click here for the English language finder.

Click here for the Spanish language Flu Vaccine Finder.

Once you have selected a provider, make sure you call that location ahead of time to ensure that the vaccine you need is available and to find out wait times.

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