What's true about the flu?

More than 200,000 people are hospitalized each year for problems 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 extra cost.2 Check your preventive care benefits for your coverage and if any copay, deductible or coinsurance applies.

You can get a seasonal flu shots at these locations:

Worksite Clinic3

Some members may get a flu shot where they work. Many employers host worksite flu shot clinics at no cost to the member. Members of a group plan should check with their Human Resources or benefits department to learn more.

Doctor's Office

You can get a flu shot at your doctor's office. Members who get other care in addition to the flu shot will need to pay copay, coinsurance or deductible amounts. To find an in-network doctor, visit Find a Doctor.

In-network pharmacists

(NOT pharmacies, except in-network CVS MinuteClinics)

Members may go to an in-network, immunizing pharmacist (NOT pharmacy) or CVS MinuteClinic to get a flu shot. Some North Carolina pharmacists have contracted with BCBSNC to give flu shots. Only eligible members ages 14 and older may get flu shots from pharmacists. Some members may pay a copay, deductible or coinsurance, depending on their specific benefits.

  • To find in-network pharmacists, visit Find a doctor and verify the ZIP code for your search. Begin typing "Pharmacist" into the search box and under Specialties, select "Pharmacist (Flu & Other Limited Injections) - Convenience Care (Facilities)".
  • To find a participating CVS MinuteClinic, select "Convenience Care Center" under Advanced Search.

Do I have the flu?

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

How to get a flu shot if you don’t have health insurance

Anyone can get a flu shot at a local health department. Costs vary and may be covered by private insurance or Medicare. Check the Flu Vaccine Finder or call your local health department to learn more. http://www.flu.nc.gov

  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 July 2015).
  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 given a set amount of shots . Shots will be given on a first-come, first-served basis until the supply is gone. A parent or legal guardian must accompany children ages 4-17 and give 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 given by agents of Maxim Health Systems. 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 standards.