Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) wants to help you keep your employees healthy during flu season. The best ways to prevent the seasonal flu and complications caused by the flu are to get a seasonal flu shot each year and promote good health habits, including frequent hand washing.
Eligible Blue Cross NC members1 with preventive care benefits can get a seasonal flu shot during flu season, while vaccine supplies last, at any of the locations listed below. A copayment, deductible or coinsurance may apply.
Employers with more than 50 employees can host their own on-site flu shot clinic, at no cost to the member. Each clinic requires at least 25 participants or the employer will be charged $25 for each participant below the 25 participant minimum. Employers may also host their own small health clinics during open enrollment. In addition, each employer has the option of allowing family members of eligible employees to participate.
The quadrivalent (4 strains of flu) vaccine will be offered at worksite flu clinics. The quadrivalent vaccine is $33 per vaccine for Blue Cross NC members. All participants must be 4+. Eligible members will have no out of pocket cost as long as they have their Blue Cross NC member id card. See the CDC site for more information on the quadrivalent flu vaccine.
Learn more about hosting your own clinic.
Some members may pay an office copayment, depending on their specific benefits. Members who receive other services in addition to the flu shot will be required to pay any applicable copayment, coinsurance or deductible amounts.
Pharmacy (if applicable)
Beginning January 1, 2018, flu shots will be covered under the member's pharmacy benefits on most Blue Cross NC plans. Members just need to show their ID card at the pharmacy. These vaccines will be covered at 100% under the pharmacy benefits.
To find a participating pharmacy, click on 'Find A Doctor' on bcbsnc.com then click on the 'Find a Vaccinating Pharmacy in your Network' tab at the bottom of the page.
The following plans are excluded from coverage of the flu shot under the member's pharmacy benefits. Members on these plans must continue to use one of the other flu shot options, and their medical benefits will apply.
- The State Health Plan
- FEP plans
- Medicare Part D plans
- ASO members with a Net Results Rx formulary
(Not the same as pharmacies, except participating MinuteClinics)
Eligible members may go to an in-network, immunizing pharmacist or MinuteClinic to receive a flu shot. A limited number of North Carolina pharmacists have contracted with Blue Cross NC to administer the flu shot. It's easy to find a participating pharmacist or convenience care centers like MinuteClinic:
- To find in-network immunizing pharmacists, click on 'Find a Doctor' on bcbsnc.com, 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 convenience care center, begin typing "Convenience Care Center" into the search box and select Convenience Care Centers under Specialties.
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.
Worksite Seasonal Flu Shot Clinics:
Available to Groups with More than 50 Employees
If your employer group has more than 50 employees, Blue Cross NC may be able to help you host a worksite flu shot clinic.
Hosting a worksite seasonal flu shot clinic is an easy and convenient way to ensure your employees get vaccinated. Blue Cross NC contracts with Maxim Healthcare Services to provide flu shots at eligible worksites. For more information, contact your Blue Cross NC representative.
Below are resources to help you promote an onsite flu shot clinic:
- Flu Clinic Tips - information on how to host a successful worksite flu shot clinic
- Flu Poster - post in break rooms, the cafeteria and other high traffic areas to let your employees know when the onsite flu shot clinic is scheduled
- Poster (State Health Plan agency version) - post in break rooms, the cafeteria and other high traffic areas to let your employees know when the onsite flu shot clinic is scheduled
- Flu Poster (Spanish Version)
- Seaonal Flu FAQ - post in high traffic areas, on the company intranet or email to employees for answers to common questions about the seasonal flu shot
- Seasonal Flu FAQ (Spanish Version)
- How a Flu Shot Clinic Works - information about what Employers can expect with a flu shot clinic
- Flu Campaign Email
- Flu Campaign Newsletter
"Wash Your Hands" Sign
Post this hand washing sign in bathrooms and break rooms. Promoting frequent hand washing can help prevent the flu, as well as the spread of other germs, such as those that cause the common cold.
- Seasonal flu shots are available for eligible members and covered at 100 percent for those members with a non-grandfathered plan.
- Each clinic has been given a certain amount of vaccine. Shots will be given on a first-come, first-served basis until the vaccine is gone. Children under 4 should see their doctor. Nonmembers may receive a flu shot for $35 (cash or check only). 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.