In the 2020-2021 flu season, more than 410,000 people were hospitalized for problems caused by seasonal flu.1 Reduce your risk: Get an annual flu shot.
Many Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) members can get a flu shot at no extra cost.2 Check your preventive care benefits for your coverage and if any copay, deductible or coinsurance applies.
You can get a flu shot at these locations:
Some members can get a flu shot where they work. Many employers have worksite flu shot clinics at no cost to the member. Members of a group plan should check with their Human Resources or benefits department to learn more.
Members can go to an in-network, immunizing pharmacist or MinuteClinic to get a flu shot. Some North Carolina pharmacists have contracted with Blue Cross NC to give flu shots. North Carolina immunizing pharmacists can give flu shots to those ages 10 and up. Some members may pay a copay, deductible or coinsurance, depending on their specific benefits.
To find in-network pharmacists, visit Find a doctor and verify the ZIP code for your search. Begin typing "Pharmacist" into the search box and under Specialties, select "Pharmacist (Flu & Other Limited Injections)".
To find a participating MinuteClinic, begin typing "Convenience Care Centers" and select Convenience Care Centers Convenience Care (Facilities).
Pharmacies (if applicable)
Flu shots can now also be covered under the member's pharmacy benefits on Most Blue Cross NC plans. Members just need to show their ID card at an in-network vaccinating pharmacy. In network vaccinating pharmacies can be found on our Find a Doctor page.
The following plans are excluded from coverage of the flu shot under the member's pharmacy benefits:
- The State Health Plan
- FEP plans
- Medicare Part D plans
Members on these plans must continue to use one of the other flu shot options, and their medical benefits will apply.
Do I have the flu?
If you're not sure if you have the flu, check our symptom decision chart at bcbsnc.com/careoptions. Remember: The nurses at Health Line BlueSM can also answer your health questions at any time at 1-877-477-2424.4
How to get a flu shot if you don’t have health insurance
Anyone can get a flu shot at a local health department. Costs vary and may be covered by private insurance or Medicare. Check the Flu Vaccine Finder or call your local health department to learn more.
Questions about the seasonal flu shot program
Questions about the seasonal flu vaccine