Be Good to Yourself and Others This Flu Season
This is your mother’s flu shot.
And your grandma’s.
And your partner’s.
And your preschooler’s.
And your college student’s.
The truth is, when you get the flu vaccine, you’re protecting everyone around you. Everyone you love, all your neighbors, even the bagger at the grocery checkout line.
The CDC reports that last winter we lost 80,000 people to the flu. Wouldn’t you do everything in your power to protect those you love and reduce that number? It turns out that less than half of Americans opt to get the vaccine. But the CDC says if 2 out of every 3 people were vaccinated against the flu, it actually would protect everyone.
So what are you waiting for?
It's over in a few seconds and has no side effects (no, it doesn’t give you the flu). Plus, it’s fully covered by the Affordable Care Act, which makes it $0 for almost anyone with health insurance—even if you haven’t met your deductible. Get vaccinated by the end of October, and keep yourself and your loved ones safe this flu season. Grab your health insurance card and go to:
- Any network pharmacy (anyone 18 years of age and up)
- Certain retail pharmacies like Walgreens, Publix and Winn-Dixie (anyone 18 years of age and up)
- Any doctor in your plan's network (all ages, starting at 6 months)
- Your nearest Florida Blue Center: Go from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 3 and Nov. 10 (anyone 18 years of age and up); vouchers will be available if you don't have insurance
- If you bought your plan through your employer or on your own or have a BlueMedicare Preferred HMO, Group PPO, Supplemental or Rx (PDP) plan: You can earn a $5 Walgreens gift card when you get your flu shot at a Florida Blue Center! This applies whether you are a Florida Blue member or not.
If you have a BlueMedicare Choice (RPPO), BlueMedicare Select (PPO), BlueMedicare Complete (HMO SNP), BlueMedicare Classic (HMO), BlueMedicare Classic Plus (HMO) and BlueMedicare Premier (HMO) plan: Be sure you're signed up for HealthyBlue Rewards because you earn $20 for getting your shot!
5 more tips to help you avoid the flu
Besides getting the flu shot, follow the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to lower the risk of bringing the flu virus into your household:
1. Keep it clean: Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer to reduce germs. Disinfect high-traffic areas in your home and office, like doorknobs and keyboards.
2. Keep hands away: One way people catch germs is by touching a germy area, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. Limit touching your face, especially while out in public.
3. Keep your distance: Flu viruses can be spread up to six feet when an infected person coughs, sneezes or even speaks. If you know someone has the flu, keep your distance.
4. Keep covered : Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. If you don’t have one handy, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow instead of your hands.
5. Keep the immune system strong: It’s easier to get sick if your immune system is weakened. Getting enough sleep, managing stress, eating healthy foods and staying active are a few ways to keep the body in fighting shape to ward off infection.
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