Your best shot at staying healthy this flu season is just that — a shot. Or in some cases, a nasal spray. If you get the flu vaccine, you are likely to stay healthier than the 5% to 20% of the population that catches the flu each year.
So make plans to get your vaccination early this season. A shot of prevention can go a long way to keeping you healthy. And we're covering flu shots at 100 percent. That's right, no copay, no deductible, when you see an in-network doctor or participating pharmacy. (Applies to fully insured group and individual members. If providers file the flu shot with a sick or regular visit, members must still pay their copayment or deductible.)
See how the Emmi program, "Getting the Flu Vaccine" can prepare you for flu season.
For more information, log in to your Blue Cross account and click on the "Flu Shot Information" link.
Everyone who is at least 6 months of age should get a flu vaccine this season. It's especially important for some people to get vaccinated. Those people include the following:
A detailed list is available at Who Should Get Vaccinated Against Influenza. A complete list of health and age factors that are known to increase a person's risk of developing serious complications from flu is available at People Who Are at High Risk of Developing Flu-Related Complications.
There are some people who should not get a flu vaccine without first consulting a physician. These include:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a source for updated information on the flu. Hotline at: 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636). This line is available in English and Spanish, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm.
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