Insurance usually provides flu shots administered at doctor’s offices for free. Many pharmacies also offer them on a walk-in basis, generally charging if insurance doesn’t cover it.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's longstanding recommendation has been to get the flu vaccine in early fall, by the end of October each year. "Getting vaccinated early (for example, in July or August) is likely to be associated with reduced protection against flu infection later in the flu season, particularly among older adults," it says.
On timing, longstanding recommendation to get it by end of October -- not rush out right now -- still holds. But for kids 8 & younger, who need 2 at least a month apart, it recommends first ASAP. https://t.co/levvrWI0Ca pic.twitter.com/t0oiupkdiS— Heather Stauffer (@HStaufferLNP) August 20, 2020
The following local pharmacies have already started offering flu shots.
CVS: All pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations.
Rite Aid: At all locations.
Sloan's Pharmacy: All locations for people age 65 and older; versions for younger people are coming.
Health systems said they expect to start offering flu shots soon.
Lancaster Health Center: Expects to offer them soon.
Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health: Starting in September at family practices, and at urgent cares for the first time at $32.
Penn State Health: At medical office locations in the coming weeks.
UPMC Lititz: At medical practices and Express Care locations starting Sept. 14, with drive-through clinics in Lancaster and Lititz sometime in October.
WellSpan Health: At scheduled appointments starting Aug. 24, and at urgent cares.
Pennsylvania also intends to again offer flu vaccine appointments for the uninsured or underinsured, as it has in the past via the county’s State Health Center at 1661 Old Philadelphia Pike in East Lampeter Township, according to spokesman Nate Wardle.
However, Wardle wrote in an email, the department does not usually have those flu vaccines until September, and the centers are not currently open.