Flu shots: A pinch in the arm, but not always in your wallet

  • In this Feb. 7, 2018 file photo, a nurse prepares a flu shot at the Salvation Army in Atlanta. According to the CDC, flu costs the nation about $7 billion a year in sick days and lost productivity among working-age adults. That’s not to mention the heavy toll of hospitalizations and deaths that occur mainly among people 65 and older. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

NEW YORK — It’s flu shot season, but the pinch of a shot doesn’t have to also hurt your wallet.