At LesliesList.org we get many emails asking where an adult can get low cost vaccines. It appears the answer is… nowhere. They don’t exist– unless you are an established patient in one of the county-funded or low-cost clinics in Chicago. (You can search for these clinics in our Clinic Section) Barring this, you can save a little money by comparison shopping. I think your best bet is to try one of the walk-in clinic chains at CVS or Walgreens. I have included each of their price lists below for comparison convenience.
You should know that some of the vaccines are actually a SERIES, meaning that you need more than one shot to be completely vaccinated. Other shots require a consultation fee (i.e. a visit with the provider) that costs extra, too. Here’s a look at what the vaccines cost at the two clinic chains and at a private primary care clinic on the north side of Chicago. The private clinic prices are a cash-pay discounted price (a 25% reduction of the usual fee) for the vaccines. It is important to note that while the private clinic prices might seem comparable, there are a couple of caveats: 1. These prices do NOT include administration costs that can run between $41- $25 per shot series. 2. You need to be an established patient of the clinic to get these shots, which is not the case for the Minute Clinics or Take Care Clinics.
Another resource for the Chicago area only:
City of Chicago Public Health Centers Fast Track Immunization Centers:
ALL VACCINES FREE for children ages 0-18 years of age.
FREE FLU SHOTS for adults.
Vaccines are given on a first-come, first-served basis and are not given every day at some locations- so be sure and check the website for hours of operation.
Minute Clinic Price List (CVS):
Flu (seasonal) $30
Hepatitis A (series of two shots) (adult): $117 per shot
Hepatitis B (series of three shots) (adult): $102 per shot
IPV (polio): $96
MMR (measles, mumps, rubella): $116
PPSV (pneumonia): $77
TD (tetanus, diphtheria): $76
Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) $92
HPV: not available
Take Care Clinic Price List (Walgreens):
Tdap (tetanus, diptheria, pertussis): $65
MMR (measles, mumps, rubella): $96
Hepatitis A: not offered
Hepatitis B (series of three shots): $80 per shot
Twinrix (combination of Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B; series of three shots): $96 per shot
Shingles (over 60 years old): $220
Flu : $30
HPV (series of three shots): 1st: $215 (includes a $30 consultation fee), 2nd and 3rd shots: $185
Private Primary Care Clinic Discounted Price List:
Hepatitis A (series of two shots): $94 per shot
Hepatitis B (series of three shots): $71 per shot
Twinrix (combination of Hepatitis A and B; series of three shots): $120 per shot
HPV (series of three shots): $180 per shot