Flu Shots are Now Available
The flu vaccine can help keep you and your community healthy.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)* recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot before every flu season, with rare exceptions. Some people who get the flu only experience mild illness for a couple of weeks. For others, the flu can cause serious complications resulting in hospitalization or even death. People who are more likely to have flu-related complications include adults 65 and older, young children, pregnant women and people with chronic health problems including asthma, heart disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDs and cancer.
While the flu vaccine can help protect you from the flu, it is still possible for you to get sick. But, according to the CDC, the flu vaccine has been shown to reduce the severity of symptoms in those who received the vaccine but still got sick. It has also been shown to be lifesaving in children. Talk to your doctor about the right flu vaccine for you.
Members and their covered dependents can get a free flu shot by visiting any network pharmacy. Flu vaccines administered in pharmacies that are not part of the network are subject to an administration fee that the member will be responsible for. To find an in-network facility, visit Find Care.
If you are having flu symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose and muscle aches, connect with a doctor on your phone, tablet or computer though Blue CareOnDemandSM. You don’t even have to get out of bed. Learn more about Blue CareOnDemand.
Eligible members can also earn 10 entries into the FOCUSfwd® Sweepstakes for getting a flu vaccine. For more information about the program, visit the FOCUSfwd Wellness Incentive Program page.
*The CDC is an independent organization that offers health information you may find helpful.