Protect Yourself from the Flu

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.

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.

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.

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.