Protect Yourself from the Flu

Why should I get the flu vaccine?

Can the flu shot give me the flu?

When should I get one?

Where can I get one?

Are there different types of flu vaccines?

How much does it cost?

What vaccines can I get at the pharmacy instead of my PCP’s office?

Is there an age restriction for vaccines?

 
 

Why should I get the flu vaccine?

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!

 

Can the flu shot give me the flu?

No, the flu shot cannot cause flu illness. The viruses contained in flu shots are inactivated (killed), which means they cannot cause infection.

 

When should I get one?

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.

 

Where can I get one?

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.

Pharmacies
EHP’s vaccine network of pharmacies offer flu vaccinations to our members for free.

Find a pharmacy in our vaccine network where you can get the flu vaccination.

NOTE: Only applies to EHP members that have pharmacy coverage through EHP.

Non-participating providers
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.

 

Are there different types of flu vaccines?

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.

 

How much does it cost?

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.
 

What vaccines can I get at the pharmacy instead of my PCP’s office?

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
$0
Age 9 and over
Shingrix Shingles prevention
$0
Age 50 and over
Zostavax Shingles prevention
$0
Age 60 and over
Adult Pneumococcal Pneumonia prevention
$0
Age 18 and over

 

Is there an age restriction for vaccines?

Your doctor can determine if you should receive a vaccine based on CDC recommended guidelines.