FLU SEASON IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER
Why Should I Get Vaccinated?
Flu season usually starts by the beginning of October and can last well into May, the earlier you vaccinate the better. After about two weeks of being vaccinated, your body begins to develop antibodies specifically engineered to protect you against the top three or four strains of flu expected for the year. Almost everyone over the age of 6 months is recommended to be vaccinated and the more people who vaccinate, the healthier our population will be based on the concept of Herd Immunity. The flu virus spreads easily and is particularly deadly for elderly and immuno-compromised individuals so it is important to vaccinate not only for you, but for others too.
During the 2016-2017 Flu Season it was estimated that the Flu Vaccine prevented an estimated 5.3 million illnesses and 85,000 flu-related hospitalizations—saving tens of thousands of lives. This year is expected to see similar numbers—so get vaccinated!
Where Can I Get Vaccinated?
Last year some of our members experienced issues obtaining their Flu Vaccine at local clinics put on by the Visiting Nurses Association (at senior centers, town halls, etc.) so the Retiree Team has been working with UnitedHealthcare to ensure ample access to vaccines beyond our Prescription Drug Network. This year, in addition to your doctor’s office, you can also receive the vaccine at one of the pharmacies listed below at $0 co-pay. When you get a Flu Vaccine at your doctor’s office it’s covered under Part B, but if you receive it at a pharmacy it’s covered under your Part D insurance—both resulting in a $0 co-pay for you. Co-pay will result, however, if you attend a local pop-up clinic put on by the Visiting Nurses Association and you will not be eligible for reimbursement.
COVERED PHARMACIES FOR THE FLU VACCINE
- Albertsons Pharmacy
- CVS Pharmacies
- Giant (D.C., DE, MD, VA)
- Giant Eagle
- Harris Teeter
- Hy-Vee (IA, IL, KS, MN, MO, NE, SD, WI)
- Kmart Pharmacy
- The Kroger Company
- Meijer Pharmacy
- New Albertsons (Acme Sav-on, Jewel-Osco, Star Markets, Shaws Osco, Safeway)
- Publix (AL, LF, GA, NC, SC, TN)
- Rite Aid Pharmacy
- Safeway Pharmacy (Safeway, Carrs, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Vons)
- Sam’s Club
- Stop & Shop (CT, MA, NJ, NY, RI)
- Walgreens Pharmacy (Walgreens, Duane Reade, Jim Myers, Parkway Drugs, Super D Drug, USA Drug)
- Walmart Stores Inc.