Get your no-cost flu shot
A flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a flu shot for everyone six months of age and older.
Why the flu shot is particularly important this year
- The flu vaccine prevents doctors’ visits, hospitalizations, and even deaths.
According to the CDC, during 2019-2020, flu vaccination prevented an estimated 7.5 million flu illnesses, 3.7 million medical visits, 105,000 hospitalizations, and 6,300 deaths.1 Reducing the number of people sick with the flu is especially important when hospitals are seeing an increase in patients due to COVID-19.
- You can get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time.
The CDC believes that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will be spreading in the fall and winter. (If you haven’t already received your COVID-19 vaccine, find a Rhode Island site or a site outside of Rhode Island.)
- Getting vaccinated may also protect those around you.
Young children, older people, and those with certain chronic health conditions are especially at risk for serious flu illness.
Where to get your flu shot
As a BCBSRI member, you can get a flu shot at no cost at participating pharmacies, in-network doctor’s offices, and Rhode Island flu clinics.2 In addition to the flu shot, a nasal spray flu vaccine is approved for use in healthy non-pregnant individuals ages 2 to 49. People with certain medical conditions should not receive the nasal spray flu vaccine, so please check with your provider.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be different procedures in place for getting your flu vaccine than in other years, so please check with the location. Please note that BCBSRI Medicare Advantage members can get their flu shot at any out-of-state pharmacy, even if it is not in the participating pharmacies list.
Pharmacies only provide flu shots for people aged 19 and older and do not provide the nasal spray flu vaccine. If your plan's network does not include Rite Aid and Walgreens, please visit another pharmacy location in this list to receive your flu shot.
If you’re going to your primary care provider only for a flu shot, you’ll pay nothing out of pocket. However, if other services—such as an office visit—occur on the same day, copays, deductibles, and/or coinsurances may apply.
Flu vaccination clinics
If you attend a flu clinic, simply give them your BCBSRI member ID number.
2This benefit is not available to Plan 65 members or members who only have dental coverage from BCBSRI.