Flu Shot Program
More than 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications every year.1 A full-blown case of the flu can put you in bed for a week, causing you to miss daily activities. The best way to reduce your risk is to get a flu shot every year.2
We want our members to stay healthy this flu season, so we're making it easy for you to get your flu shot. Members of Blue Medicare HMO and Blue Medicare PPO can receive a flu shot at their primary care physician’s office, or if offered, at any contracting specialist’s office from which you are receiving care. You will have no copayment if you are seen only for the vaccination and receive no other physician services. Check with your doctor to determine the best time to schedule your flu shot.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) is a Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract to provide HMO and PPO plans. BCBSNC does not discriminate based on color, gender, religion, national origin, age, race, disability, handicap, sexual orientation, genetic information, source of payment or health status as defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). All qualified Medicare beneficiaries may apply. You must be entitled to Medicare Part A and enrolled in Medicare Part B and must reside in the CMS-approved service area. You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium, if not otherwise paid for under Medicaid or another third party. BCBSNC is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
1 "Questions and Answers: Influenza-Associated Hopsitalizations in the United States." Centers for Disease Conteol and Prevention Web site. 7/12/07: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/hospital.htm
2 "Fact Sheet:Key Facts about Influenza (Flu) Vaccine." Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention Web site. 7/12/07/ http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm