Flu shots are now available. Most members can get one at no extra cost. You can get an updated COVID-19 booster at the same time. It’s safe and convenient. Check if your location offers both shots.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting your flu shot by the end of October.

Additionally, doctors recommend that children get a flu vaccine every year, starting at 6 months old. They should get a second flu vaccine before 2 years of age.

Frequently asked questions

How much does a flu shot cost?

A flu shot costs $0 for most members. Some members with self-funded, administrative services only (ASO), and “grandfathered” plans may have out-of-pocket costs.

Find out if you have a cost

Where can I get a flu shot?

You can go to your doctor's office or, if your plan includes pharmacy benefits, to an in-network retail pharmacy.


See your options

Your biggest questions about flu shots and COVID – answered

Want to protect yourself and your family from getting sick this winter? Follow our expert advice.

Learn about vaccine timing

Compare COVID-19 symptoms and flu symptoms

COVID-19 symptoms

Incubation period: 2-14 days

Contagion level: High

New loss of taste and smell: Yes

Learn more about COVID-19

Flu symptoms

Incubation period: 1-4 days

Contagion level: Moderate

New loss of taste and smell: No

Learn more about the flu shot

Want to learn more about the flu shot?

Different plans have different pharmacy networks. If you get your insurance from your employer, Covered California, or purchase it directly from Blue Shield, you have a Commercial plan.

Commercial pharmacy networks
Medicare pharmacy network
Medi-Cal and Cal MediConnect pharmacy network


Hundreds of millions of Americans have safely received flu shots over the past 50 years, according to the CDC.

Severe allergic reactions from a flu shot are very rare. They’re estimated at less than one in a million doses. If a reaction happens, it is usually within a few minutes to a few hours after the shot.


Flu season peaks between December and February. But activity can last as late as May.


Last Updated: 10/1/2022

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