flu shot

With colder weather right around the corner, it’s time to take some extra precautions in order to stay healthy.

The CDC is expecting flu viruses to be in full force, which will potentially lead to a subpar season for public health overall. In combination with the lingering risks of COVID-19, it continues to be imperative that everyone does their part in order to protect themselves and others.

By getting a flu shot, you can greatly minimize your risk of contracting it. It’s one of the most important things you can do for your health this fall. What’s more, this safety measure is offered for free or at a very reasonable price in several convenient locations.


Where to Get a Free or Cheap Flu Shot

If you currently have health insurance, you can get your flu shot in Houston for free at most pharmacies, like Walgreens and CVS stores. You may be able to just walk in and get your flu shot at the clinic in the pharmacy, but it’s probably a good idea to call ahead and see if you need to schedule an appointment.

If you’re not currently insured, you can still obtain one for a relatively low price. Costco, Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, and HEB are just a few businesses that are providing walk-in flu shots in Houston over the next couple of months.

Costco seems to offer the lowest pricing of the aforementioned options, requiring a $19.99 payment for children ages four and up. CVS, HEB, and Walmart are administering flu shots in Houston around the $25 ballpark. Walgreens and Kroger pharmacy ask for a higher contribution, around $40 give or take. With that being said, it’s a small price to pay to avoid health complications this flu season.

The City of Houston also offers flu shots on a sliding scale based on your financial situation. Flu shots are anywhere from free up to $15 through the city and are available at 3 health centers across Houston. Call 832-393-5427 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

Another thing to keep in mind — the pricing is subject to the age of the individual. Uninsured seniors can expect to shell out a little more for their flu shots, even upwards of $70. This number also varies according to business.

If you’d like to explore your options beyond local pharmacies, there are several organizations within Houston that are happy to help. Many clinics, public health departments, and community organizations are supplying vaccinations at a comparable or even lower price than the previously listed businesses. For example, UT Physicians is currently offering flu shots for $19 at their wide variety of locations.

Don’t wait until it’s too late! We recommend stopping by one of these participating businesses or organizations in the near future.