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Prevention and protection through vaccination has become increasingly important. The COVID-19 pandemic spotlighted the impact and effectiveness vaccines can have when it comes to protecting your health and the health of your loved ones.
Every year, the flu affects millions of people across the US, but you can reduce your risk of contracting the flu.1 The flu shot has been proven effective for many people and is considered the leading defense in avoiding the flu.2 Flu shots are covered benefits for our members and qualify as a preventive care activity through the CarePlus Rewards program. Ask your doctor if getting a flu shot is right for you.
Flu season affects the whole country,even warm climates like Florida. If you travel, or have visitors from out of town, you may still be exposed to the flu.2
The influenza viruses change every year. For this reason, researchers develop or update the components of the flu vaccine to match circulating flu viruses. Be sure to get your flu shot to improve your protection throughout the flu season.3
The possibility of having a serious allergic reaction or side effect is very low. Typically the worst side effect you'll get from the injected flu vaccine is soreness where the shot was given. Other side effects can include a low grade fever and aches. However, these mild side effects are less severe than most symptoms caused by the flu virus.4
The flu shot will not give you the flu, contrary to many beliefs. The injected flu vaccine contains an “inactivated” version of the virus and can't infect you. Researchers think this misconception is related to the possible side effects, and to the fact that flu season is also cold season. If you get sick a few days after having a flu shot, then you probably “caught” an unrelated cold virus.5
Some populations are at higher risk than other populations. Persons who are over the age of 65 are more likely to become seriously ill from seasonal influenza. The flu is also dangerous for people with certain health conditions, including asthma, diabetes, and heart disease. However, young children are extremely susceptible to the flu as well. Getting the flu vaccine can help prevent catching and then spreading the illness to grandkids.6
The flu shot may be available up until spring time. Flu season may begin in the fall, but it usually peaks around December and February. It is never too late to get a flu shot. Protect yourself and your family.7
You can get the flu more than once. A flu infection can come from more than one strain of virus and there is no immunity from one strain to another. Even if you have had the flu, a flu shot is still needed to prevent the flu.8
Those are some of the facts about the flu vaccine – provided by doctors, medical experts, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Think about your health – and the health of your loved ones. Schedule a flu shot today (unless your doctor told you not to get one due to your health or medical condition).
Contact your primary care physician (PCP) today to set up an appointment to administer the flu shot, or go to any in-network pharmacy and present your CarePlus member ID card along with your photo identification.
You may obtain in-network pharmacy locations by using the “Find a pharmacy” selection in our online searchable directory. Just select “Pharmacy” and then follow the instructions, or request a copy of our printed bilingual directory from our Member Services department at 1-800-794-5907 (TTY: 711). From October 1 - March 31, we are open 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. From April 1 - September 30, we are open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. You may always leave a voicemail after hours, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays and we will return your call within one business day.