Did you know that every year, more than 2,000 New Yorkers die of seasonal influenza and pneumonia, which can develop as a complication of flu. Therefore vaccination is the best way to protect against the flu and you should go and get one even if you’re a handsome young whippersnapper out on the town; here’s how.

The NYC Health Map is a fantastic resource to find out where you can go get a flu shot and did you know that it can be FREE if you have health insurance (which you really should now that it’s the open season)?

Outside of this, you can get your flu shot at:

  1. Your primary-care doctor;
    If you’re enrolled in a health insurance plan through a state-run marketplace or almost any private plan, your provider will cover the cost of the flu shot entirely, even if you go to your doctor for the shot. That’s right, no copayment or coinsurance for your appointment, just protection from the flu—whether you’ve hit your yearly deductible yet or not.
  2. Urgent-care centers;
    If you can’t make it to your normal doctor, at a pinch you can try an urgent-care center (but check first and find a free one);
  3. Your job;
    Lots of employers nowadays help out with free shots for the office, take it if you can!
  4. Your college;
    If you’re studying, it’s especially easy and VERY important. If you’re sick you can’t study and if you don’t get the shot you become a vector to lots of others becoming sick. Don’t be a vector.
  5. Walgreens (and Duane Reade);
    Both give away lots of free shots for those on insurance!
  6. Target and CVS;
    Same as the above;
  7. Supermarkets;
    You might even get lucky here sometimes!
  8. Rite Aid;
    Big pharmacy chains can help you out.
  9. Walmart
    The ones that offer pharmacy services can generally help you out.