Drugstores to start giving free flu shots! On Tuesday, September 1st, flu shots will be readily available in major drugstores in response to the overwhelming demand of the influenza vaccine due to the recent swine flu outbreak. Read more about the story here.

Flu Shots

Which drugstores to start giving free flu shots? CVS and Walgreens!

Vouchers for the free shots will be given out at the CVS pharmacies as well as their MinuteClinics. The shots will be given at CVS’ One-Stop Career Centers and are sponsored by the Labor Department. The free shots will cost CVS a hefty $3 million.

Walgreens will shell out $1 million of free flu shots to people who have no insurance. The drugstore has tapped nine tour buses to travel to “select markets” throughout the country with employees handing out vouchers for the shots.

The flu shots, which are readily available earlier than usual – up to three to four weeks earlier, but the demand is high, with the recent swine flu strain that has been reported on nonstop worldwide.

Who should get a flu shot? The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends that children, the elderly, pregnant women, caregivers and people who are affected by a weak immune system or who have chronic health issues should get the vaccine.

The flu shot will not protect you from the swine flu (H1N1). That vaccine will be available, according to reports, in mid October.

If you’re not eligible for a free flu shot, you can still receive one at Walgreens at a cost of $24.99, while Rite Aid and CVS have priced their flu shots at $30.

Will you be getting a flu shot this year?

See video below regarding children and flu shots.