Stay Healthy During Flu Season
During flu season, we want to make sure you're up to date on our recommendations for staying healthy and you understand what your plan covers.
Get a Flu Vaccine
The best way to protect yourself from the flu is with the current flu vaccine, which is updated annually to most closely match the recent strain of the virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu shot is recommended for everyone aged six months and older, and healthy individuals aged two to 49 can get the nasal spray vaccine, commonly known as FluMist®’.
The CDC website also includes a list of those who are considered to be at high risk for serious flu-related complications:
- People with asthma, diabetes, heart disease, HIV or AIDS, cancer, and those who have had a stroke
- Adults 65 and older
- Pregnant women
- Children younger than five, especially children younger than two years of age.
Note: The CDC recommends an annual flu shot for those aged six months and older. For the 2018–2019 flu season, the CDC also now recommends FluMist for those aged two to 49 years, as well as the Flublok®’ vaccine for those aged 18 years and older. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts covers the cost of all FDA-approved vaccines, based on availability, if they're administered by an in-network provider. Members won't be reimbursed for flu vaccines performed by non-participating providers, unless the members have Medicare Advantage.
Important Note: Children
Children aged six months through eight years who have never received a flu vaccine may need more than one dose when they first receive it. Parents should check with their child's pediatrician first.
Please note: This information is being provided for educational purposes only and shouldn’t be considered medical advice. Please consult a doctor for medical advice.