Florida Blue is teaming up with Walgreens to offer $0 flu shots at its Florida Blue Centers on select Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the fall starting this Thursday, August 22.
The no-cost flu vaccines are available 10 a.m. – 1p.m. to anyone age 18 or older even if they have health insurance through another provider or do not have health insurance coverage at all. Everyone getting a flu shot at the Florida Blue Center will receive a free $5 Walgreens gift card, while supplies last.
The flu killed 80,000 people in the United States during the 2017-18 flu season and preliminary numbers suggest as many as 60,000 died of the flu last winter, according to the CDC. Persons over the age of 65 are strongly encouraged to get the vaccine due to an increased risk of flu-related complications. In recent years, it is estimated that between 70 percent and 85 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths occurred in people age 65 and older.
The vaccine can prevent and reduce the severity of complications from the flu virus, but it takes about two weeks before it is fully effective after receiving the shot.
In addition to flu shots, vaccines also will be available for pneumonia, shingles, Tdap, Hepatitis A and MMR (measles, mumps and rubella). These additional vaccinations are covered at no cost by most health insurance plans or can be purchased by those without insurance.
This is the third year Florida Blue has teamed up with Walgreens to offer $0 flu shots to the public at its Florida Blue Centers. Last year, 110 flu shot clinics were offered across the state with more than 3,600 flu vaccines given at no cost to Floridians.
WHAT: First $0 Flu Shot Clinic of the season
WHEN: Thursday, August 22
*clinics will continue on select Thursdays and Saturdays through November – check specific center schedules at www.FloridaBlueCenters.com
TIME: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE: Florida Blue Centers across the state including three Jacksonville locations:
St. Johns Town Center – 4855 Town Center Parkway
River City Marketplace – 13141 City Station Drive
Winston YMCA – 221 Riverside Ave.
DETAILS: Flu shots are available for persons age 18 and older. Those with health insurance should bring their insurance cards with them. Walgreens will have vouchers available for flu vaccines for persons who do not have health insurance coverage. These vouchers will be available on a first come, first served basis each week.
To find the nearest Florida Blue Center offering $0 Flu Shot Clinics this month, please visit FloridaBlueCenters.com.