Leaves are falling from the trees, and temperatures are cooling. Fall is here and so is the flu season. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone six months of age and older get a flu shot each year. The flu season typically runs from October to April, but the CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October. Five to 20 percent of the population in the United States is hit with the virus and roughly 200,000 people are hospitalized, according to the CDC.
A flu shot can help protect you and those around you from becoming ill and spreading the flu. They are especially important for young children and older people who are more susceptible to complications from the flu, as well as their caregivers and healthcare personnel.
Where to get vaccinations
We encourage you to visit your doctor's office for a flu shot. You can also go to one of the many flu shot clinics and retail locations such as grocery stores and drugstores that commonly offer flu shots. You may also receive a one-time Prevnar-13 vaccination and a one-time Pneumovax-23 vaccination if you are 65 years or older, or you are under 65 years old with diabetes, cancer, immune disorder, or you smoke.
You may be eligible for reimbursement from us if you are an HMO plan member and received a flu shot outside of your doctor’s office. Download the flu and pneumonia vaccine reimbursement form, complete the form and send it to us with a copy of your receipt.
For more information about the flu and flu shots, visit flu.gov