What's true about the flu?

More than 200,000 people are hospitalized each year for the seasonal flu and complications caused by seasonal flu.1 Reduce your risk: Get an annual flu shot.

Many Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) members are eligible to receive a flu shot at no additional cost.2 Check your preventive care benefits to see if you qualify and if any applicable copayment, deductible or coinsurance applies.

Seasonal flu shots are available at these locations (while supplies last):

Worksite Clinic3

Some members may receive a flu shot where they work. Many employers have chosen to host worksite flu shot clinics this year at no cost to the member. Members of a group plan should contact their Human Resources or benefits department for more information.

Physician's Office

Members who receive other services in addition to the flu shot will be required to pay any applicable copayment, coinsurance or deductible amounts. To find an in-network provider, visit Find a Doctor.

Participating pharmacists

(NOT pharmacies, except participating CVS MinuteClinics)

Eligible members may go to an in-network, immunizing pharmacist (NOT pharmacy) or CVS MinuteClinic to receive a flu shot. A limited number of North Carolina pharmacists have contracted with BCBSNC to administer the flu shot. Only eligible members ages 14 and older may receive flu vaccinations from pharmacists. Some members may pay a copayment, deductible or coinsurance, depending on their specific benefits. To find in-network pharmacists, visit Find a doctor and under the Advanced Search section search for "Pharmacist (Flu & Other Limited Injections)" under Convenience Care. To find a participating CVS MinuteClinic, select "Convenience Care Center" under Advanced Search.

Symptom Decision Chart

If you’re not sure you have the flu, please refer to our symptom decision chart at bcbsnc.com/urgent (or bcbsnc.com/urgente for Spanish). Remember: The nurses at Health Line Blue are available to answer your health questions at any time at 1-877-477-2424.

Not eligible?

Seasonal flu shots are available to the general public and uninsured at public health departments. Costs vary and may be covered by private insurance or Medicare.

  1. "Seasonal Influenza-Associated Hospitalizations in the United States." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/hospital.htm (Accessed June 2014).
  2. Seasonal flu shots are available for eligible members and covered at 100 percent for those members with a non-grandfathered plan. Members in self-funded plans should check with their plan administrator to determine if the vaccine and FluMist are covered benefits and, if covered, where they can receive the benefit at the lowest cost.
  3. Each clinic has been allocated a supply of vaccine. Shots will be given on a first-come, first-served basis until the supply is depleted. A parent or legal guardian must accompany children ages 4-17 and provide written authorization (children under 4 should see their physician). Nonmembers may receive a flu shot for $30 (cash or check only). Members in self-funded plans should check with their plan administrator to determine if the influenza vaccine and FluMist®2 are covered benefits and, if covered, where they can receive the benefit at the lowest cost. These flu shots will be administered by representatives of Maxim Health Systems, a division of Maxim Healthcare Services. In the event that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that flu shots go to "priority groups" before the general public, Maxim Health Systems will give priority to those who fit the CDC's high-risk criteria.