Protect Yourself from the Flu
The flu is a serious contagious disease spread by coughing, sneezing, and nasal secretions. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get the flu vaccine because it is the best protection against this disease!
No, the flu shot cannot cause flu illness. The viruses contained in flu shots are inactivated (killed), which means they cannot cause infection.
Getting a flu vaccine early in the season is your best protection against the flu. Don’t wait until late in the season, because you might have already been exposed to the virus.
All EHP members can receive a flu shot at their primary care physician’s office, an EHP vaccine network pharmacy, or an out-of network provider.
Primary Care Provider (PCP) office
All EHP members can receive a flu shot at their PCP office. If you are visiting your PCP just to receive a flu shot, your visit will be considered preventive.
If the pharmacy you go to is one of our vaccine network pharmacies, your flu vaccine will be free. Please be advised that not all pharmacies are part of our vaccine network.
Find a pharmacy in our vaccine network. You must log into your CVS caremark account and click on Pharmacy Locator. You can search by location or name then click on “Advanced Option” and select the box for Vaccine network. Registration is required for first time users.
NOTE: Only applies to EHP members that have pharmacy coverage through EHP.
If you receive your flu shot from an out-of-network provider or a pharmacy that is not in our vaccine network, you will pay for the full cost of the vaccine. You may be reimbursed up to $58 depending on the type of flu vaccine you receive. You may receive reimbursement by submitting the Medical/Vision Claim Form.
There are different types of flu vaccines, and the CDC recommends you receive whatever is available at your pharmacy or doctor’s office. However, the CDC does not recommend the intranasal flu vaccine, FluMist.
If the pharmacy you go to is one of our vaccine network pharmacies, your flu vaccine will be free. Please be advised that not all pharmacies are part of our vaccine network. Find a pharmacy in our vaccine network where you can get the flu vaccination.
If you have questions about the flu, read more about it at www.cdc.gov/flu.
Members may obtain vaccines from a network provider or below vaccines from a network pharmacy. The list below identifies vaccines available at a vaccine network pharmacy at no cost.
|Vaccine||Use||Copay when administered at a Vaccine Network Pharmacy||Recommended Age|
|Flu Vaccine||Flu prevention||Age 9 and over|
|Shingrix||Shingles prevention||Age 50 and over|
|Zostavax||Shingles prevention||Age 60 and over|
|Adult Pneumococcal||Pneumonia prevention||Age 18 and over|
Your doctor can determine if you should receive a vaccine based on CDC recommended guidelines.