We Mapped All the Places You Can Get a Flu Shot in Philadelphia
Flu season is upon us. Here’s where you can get the vaccine in Philly.
Fall season is officially here, which conjures other autumnal “f” words — flannel, firepits, football, and the most dreadful one, flu.
The Center for Disease Control reports that flu activity is currently below the national baseline for this time of year. But don’t let that fool you. The CDC advises that everyone six months of age and older get vaccinated by the end of October, as the likelihood of coming down with the viral infection increases through late fall and peaks between December and February.
And please, for the love of all things healthy, set aside your yearly excuses of “I’ve still got time” and “But the flu shot will give me the flu” and even worse, “I don’t ever get the flu, so I don’t need to get vaccinated.” ALL. MYTHS. It takes roughly two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop flu-fighting antibodies, so the sooner, the better. Also, getting the shot won’t make you sick, as the virus in the vaccine is not active. And the virus constantly mutates, so even though you didn’t get sick last year or the year before, this year’s strain might hit you and others hard.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, insurance companies are required to cover your annual flu shot without charging a copay. If you have health insurance, though, consult your provider to see where you can get your shot and still be covered. If you are paying out of pocket, all the mapped locations will let you get the shot without insurance. Prices at most retail pharmacies range from $30 to $70, depending on location and which vaccine you want, while Philly’s health centers charge a small fee depending on family size and income.
To help keep you as healthy as possible this flu season, we’ve mapped all the community flu clinics, health centers, and pharmacies offering the flu vaccine throughout the city. Our key: blue = Rite Aid, green = Walgreens, red = CVS, yellow = everything else.