- Albertsons® PharmacyOpens a new window - including Albertsons Sav-on and Albertsons Osco.
- CVS PharmacyOpens a new window - including Long’s Drug and CarePlus Pharmacy.
- Harris Teeter®Opens a new window
- H-E-B®Opens a new window
- Hy-VeeOpens a new window
- Kmart®Opens a new window
- The Little Clinic®Opens a new window
- The Kroger Co.Opens a new window
(d/b/a Smith’s, Ralph’s, Roundy’s, Pick ‘n Save, Copps Food Center, Metro Market, Mariano’s, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, QFC, Harris Teeter, King Soopers, City Market, Food 4 Less, Dillons, Baker’s, Gerbes, Jay C Food Stores, Owen’s, Pay Less, Scotts)
- Meijer®Opens a new window
- MinuteClinic®Opens a new window
- AlbertsonsOpens a new window
Including Acme Sav-on, Jewel-Osco, Star Markets, Shaws Osco, and Safeway.
- Publix®Opens a new window
- RediClinic®Opens a new window
- Rite-Aid®Opens a new window
- Safeway® StoresOpens a new window
Including Carrs, Pak’N Save, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb and Vons stores.
Opens a new windowIncluding ShopKo Express and ShopKo Hometown.
- United SupermarketsOpens a new window
Including Albertsons Market, Amigos, and Market Street.
- Walgreens®Opens a new window
Including Duane Reade, Jim Myers, Kerr Drug, May’s Drug, Parkway Drug and Super D.
- Walgreens Healthcare ClinicOpens a new window
- Walmart® Stores Inc. and Sam’s ClubOpens a new window
Why is the flu shot important?
Getting a yearly flu shot is your best way of avoiding or weakening flu symptoms. Find out more about how flu shots work, symptoms to look for and updates on the status of this year's flu season by reviewing the frequently asked questions below.
Who should get a flu shot?
A yearly flu shot is recommended for anybody from age 6-months and up. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a flu shot continues to be the most effective way for avoiding the flu or weakening the symptoms of the virus.
Can you get the flu from the flu shot?
This is a popular myth, but a flu shot cannot cause the flu. The most common flu shot reaction in adults has been soreness, redness or swelling at the spot where the shot was given. This usually lasts less than two days. This initial soreness is most likely the result of the body’s early immune response reacting to a foreign substance entering the body. Other reactions following the flu shot are usually mild and can include a low grade fever and aches. If these reactions occur, they usually begin soon after the shot and last 1-2 days.
Can a cold give you the flu?
While the cold and the flu are both respiratory illnesses that share a number of symptoms, they’re caused by different viruses. Colds are most often caused by more than 200 different viruses, while the flu is caused by three types of influenza virus. Also, the effects of the flu are usually more severe than a cold, and can lead to more serious complications such as pneumonia.
Can antibiotics help treat the flu?
Unfortunately, antibiotics are only effective in treating bacterial illnesses, not viruses, like the flu.
Are there any updates on this year’s flu season?
You can find the current status of seasonal flu by checking out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s outbreak forecast map found hereOpens a new window.
How much will my flu shot cost?
Flu shots at these retail pharmacies and clinics are covered at 100% for most plans. However, certain convenience care clinics may not be covered at 100% for those in California. Check your plan details or call the number on your ID card to be sure you’re covered at the clinic you choose. Remember to bring your health plan ID card with you to the pharmacy or provider and have the pharmacy bill the flu shot as a medical claim.
What if I’m experiencing flu-like symptoms right now?
If you are experiencing common flu-like symptoms such as cough, sore throat and headache, one convenient way to get care without having to leave home is by making a Virtual Visit. Available 24/7 on your computer, tablet or mobile phone2, Virtual Visits connect you with a provider that will go through a series of questions to help you get diagnosed and provide you with a recommended treatment plan. Find more information here.
If you prefer to be seen by your primary care provider, visit myuhc.comOpens a new window to schedule an appointment.
1 Certain preventive care services, including immunizations, are provided as specified by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), with no cost-sharing to you. Some plans may require copayments, deductibles and/or coinsurance for these benefits. Always review to your plan documents to determine your specific coverage.
2 Data rates may apply.
Visit your member website or call the number on your health plan ID card to find a network provider. There may be some instances where a particular location offered by one of the flu shot providers listed above is not participating in the UnitedHealthcare network. Age restrictions and limitations may also apply. Check with your provider for specific age or flu shot requirements.
Virtual Visits are not an insurance product, health care provider or a health plan. Unless otherwise required, benefits are available only when services are delivered through a Designated Virtual Network Provider. Virtual Visits are not intended to address emergency or life-threatening medical conditions and should not be used in those circumstances. Services may not be available at all times or in all locations.