Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones: Get a Flu Shot
Getting your yearly flu shot is always a good idea, but more so this year as COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the U.S. and around the globe.
Each year, cold and flu season brings with it a host of respiratory viruses, runny noses, coughs, aches and pain. And, with the potential of getting both the flu and COVID-19 this year, health officials are urging people to get their flu shot early to protect themselves from the flu, and prevent hospitalizations that can overload the health care system.
Even though some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, the risk of serious illness and death is more than 50 times greater in COVID-19 cases than with the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But unlike COVID-19, there’s a vaccine to help prevent the flu.
Never has there been a more important year to get your flu shot than this year. This is especially true for people with ongoing health conditions like diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and high blood pressure, but also for older adults, children and pregnant women.
While most people wait for flu season to kick in before they get their flu shot, health experts advise that you get your flu shot in September or October because it can take up to two weeks to build immunity to the flu. However, you can still protect yourself from late flu outbreaks in January or February too.
The good news is that as a Florida Blue Medicare member, you can get your flu shot at no-extra cost when you go to a network doctor or pharmacy like Publix, Walgreens, Walmart or Winn-Dixie. Check with your doctor if you need a pneumonia vaccine, too. Your pneumonia vaccine is covered at no extra cost when you use an in-network provider. And, Florida Blue Medicare members can earn rewards through HealthyBlue Rewards just for getting their flu shot. Check with your doctor about other vaccines you may also need.
Take control of your health. Getting a flu shot doesn’t give you the flu. It can save your life, reduce your sick days and protect you and your loved ones from serious illness.
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