Have you had a flu shot this season?
Flu shots are important for everyone, but especially for people with certain medical conditions.
Flu season begins in October and ends in May. The flu is caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. The virus can travel up to 6 feet when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
It's time for you to get a flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that everyone over the age of 6 months old get one. This is especially true if:
- You have diabetes, asthma, lung disease or heart disease
- You are pregnant
- You are over the age of 50
Flu vaccines protect you and your family. The flu shot can be given by your doctor or at the pharmacy. In some cases you can get a nasal spray instead of a shot. Talk to your doctor and your child's doctor about the right kind of flu protection for you and your family.
Most cases of flu happen from December to February. Call your doctor if you begin to feel flu-like symptoms. Flu signs or symptoms include:
- Sweat and chills
- Runny nose
- Dry cough
- Sore throat
- Feeling tired
If you need help making an appointment for a flu shot or finding a pharmacy near you, call Member Services at 1-800-408-7511. You can also find a pharmacy on our website or through our provider directory.