Many au pairs and host families are looking for places to get flu shots this time of year. Your au pair medical insurance does NOT cover preventive care like vaccines. But there are lots of places to get flu shots for free or a small fee.
If a host family is urging their au pair to get the seasonal flu shot and she agrees to get it, the host family would be responsible for the expense.
If you are planning to get the seasonal flu vaccine, it is recommended that you get it as early as possible. Below are some links to help you decide where to go for a flu shot.
County and State Health Departments
- State of Maryland – Find a vaccine clinic search feature. Check back for updates and check your specific county health department website for more options.
- Anne Arundel County Health Department – Free flu shots are available by appointment and at some vaccine clinics, registration is required.
- Montgomery County Health Department – Free flu shot clinics, online registration is required.
- Prince George’s County – Free flu shot clinics, no appointment necessary.
I have been told that Kaiser Permanente is offering free flu shots as well.
Flu shots are also available for a fee at local pharmacies. Because your medical insurance plan doesn’t cover vaccines, you should not present your insurance card. You need to ask for the price without insurance. With GoodRX offers, the flu shot is available for $25 and up.