With so many people traveling between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, wouldn’t it be great to mark something non-shopping off your to-do list–and be able to do that when you’re waiting around at the airport?
Well guess what? It is possible to get a cheap flu shot at the airport.
Turns out that there are a handful of medical clinics located inside or very near to airports in major cities. Many of these clinics accept insurance–which means if your insurance covers flu shots 100%, then they are free to you. For others the cost is nominal, adding up to a cheap flu shot option.
Here are 5 airports that I could find that offer cheap flu shots in 2012 among other immunization and healthcare options–you know, in case you wanted to get a full check up during your layover.
- Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport
A company called Aeroclinic runs a full suite of medical services available in this airport. When it comes to flu shots, expect to pay $35. According to an airport newsletter, airport employees can received a $5 discount with ID. The clinic, located in the Main Terminal Atrium Level 3, is open from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.
- Chicago O’Hare
For $30 you can get a flu shot without an appointment at a medical clinic located inside Terminal 2 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
- JFK International Airport
Technically located on the airport property but not inside JFK International Airport itself, you can arrange (read: make an appointment for) a flu shot at JFK Advance Medical Offices. They’ll even provide a free shuttle to/from your airport terminal.
- Nashville International Airport
Stop in at the Carehere! Walk-in Clinic and Wellness Store on Concourse C for a flu shot. It costs $25–cheaper than what some nation drugstores charge. The clinic appears to be open 7 days a week and doesn’t require an appointment.
- San Francisco International Airport
Make sure you decide to get your flu shot before going through security at San Francisco Airport. Because the SFO Medical Clinic, which is the place you would go for your flu shot, isn’t located inside the airport terminals but rather on the Departures/Ticketing Level of the International Terminal Main Hall, on the A side. The Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and unlike other airport clinics, this one requires an appointment. The clinic does take most major credit cards. You will have to pay $30 for your flu shot, and then you will get an itemized receipt to submit to your health insurance company for reimbursement.
Keep in mind, though, that it takes a few weeks for your body to build up its immunity. Plus, flu activity is already on the uptick, according to the Centers for Disease Control. So if you were hoping to get your flu shot today and avoid the flu tomorrow, you may not be so lucky.