sunrise-over-mountains sunrise-over-mountains_mobile

Get a Flu Vaccine in the Grand Valley | Rocky Mountain Health Blog

Get a Flu Vaccine in the Grand Valley | Rocky Mountain Health Blog



Where to Get a Flu Vaccine in the Grand Valley

Have you had your flu shot yet? Vaccines can be a controversial topic, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older be vaccinated against influenza. While the flu vaccine can keep you from getting sick, it’s also an important line of defense for vulnerable populations, including infants and the elderly.

The following statistics from the CDC further highlight how crucial the flu vaccine is across the nation:

  • During 2016 - 2017, vaccination prevented an estimated 5.3 million influenza illnesses, 2.6 million influenza-associated medical visits, and 85,000 influenza-associated hospitalizations.
  • When the vaccine viruses matched circulating strains, the flu vaccine reduces your risk of having to go to the doctor for the flu by 40 - 60 percent

Does my health insurance plan cover the flu vaccine?

All Affordable Care Act-compliant health insurance plans are required to provide the flu vaccine without charging a copayment or coinsurance. However, some insurance companies require you to go to specific facilities to receive the shot.

Check your coverage or call your insurance provider directly to confirm details. Rocky Mountain Health Plans (RMHP) Members can contact our helpful team with any questions they have about flu shots.

Where to get your flu vaccine in Colorado’s Grand Valley

Many people receive their flu vaccines from their primary care physician, but there are also several pharmacies and other facilities offering flu shots throughout the Grand Valley:

Walgreens offers free flu vaccines with most insurances. Learn more and find the location closest to you here (there are four locations to choose from in the Grand Valley.)

CVS provides no-cost flu shots to eligible patients. There is one CVS location in the Grand Valley; find it here, along with more details.

Mesa County Public Health also offers immunizations, including the flu vaccine, through a Public Health Clinic. Their main office is in Grand Junction, with limited hours at the Fruita location. Businesses can also contact the department for more information about on-site vaccination clinics so employees can get their flu shots at the office.