More than 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications every year.1 A full-blown case of the flu can put you in bed for a week, causing you to miss daily activities. The best way to reduce your risk is to get a flu shot every year.2
We want our members to stay healthy this flu season, so we're making it easy for you to get your flu shot. Members of Blue Medicare HMO and Blue Medicare PPO can receive a flu shot at their primary care physician’s office, or if offered, at any contracting specialist’s office from which you are receiving care. You will have no co-payment if you are seen only for the vaccination and receive no other physician services. Check with your doctor to determine the best time to schedule your flu shot.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is an HMO, PPO, and PDP plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina depends on contract renewal. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, age, mental or physical disability, health status, claims experience, medical history, genetic information, evidence of insurability or geographic location within the service area. All Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina items and services are available to all eligible beneficiaries in the service area.
1 "Questions and Answers: Influenza-Associated Hospitalizations in the United States." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site. 7/12/07: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/
2 "Fact Sheet:Key Facts about Influenza (Flu) Vaccine." Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention Web site. 7/12/07:https://www.cdc.gov/flu/