With the current COVID-19 pandemic, the last thing you need this fall and winter is to catch the flu. That’s why it’s more important than ever to get vaccinated because it’s your best defense against the flu. But, how do you know when to get a flu shot and where can you get one? Listed below are answers to some of your frequently asked questions about the flu vaccine.
Why do I need to get the flu vaccine?
Getting your flu vaccine will decrease your chances of getting sick from the flu. If you do get the flu, it can help decrease the severity of your illness and risk of hospitalization. This is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic, since it will help to conserve potentially scarce healthcare resources.
Who should get the flu vaccine?
Everyone ages 6 months and older should get the flu vaccine.
When should I get the flu vaccine?
The best time to get the flu vaccine is in September or October before the peak of flu season. If you do not get the flu vaccine in September or October, it is still important to get it so you are protected during the winter months when the flu virus is still active.
Should I get my flu vaccine early this year (i.e., August)?
No, if you get your flu vaccine too early, it may lead to reduced protection against the flu during the later part of the flu season, especially for older people.
What types of flu vaccines are there?
Flu vaccines are available as a shot or nasal spray.
Does it matter which flu vaccine I get?
As long as you get the vaccine that is appropriate for your age, it does not matter which vaccine you get.
Where can I get the flu vaccine?
You can get the flu vaccine at your provider’s office. If you are unable to get the flu vaccine at your provider’s office, you can get it at most retail pharmacies. You will need to pay for the vaccine out-of-pocket and then submit a reimbursement form to Hill Physicians.
How do I get reimbursed for an out-of-pocket cost for the flu vaccine?
HMO members are eligible for reimbursement for the flu vaccine. Simply fill out our online reimbursement form to submit it through our website, or print our HMO member reimbursement form and follow the instructions to submit it by mail.
Will the flu vaccine protect me against COVID-19?
No, the flu vaccine will not protect you against COVID-19.
Is it possible to get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time?
Yes, it is possible to get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time, although it is not known how common this is.
Where can I find more information about the flu and COVID-19?
For more information about the 2020-2021 flu season during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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