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.)
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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