What's true about the flu?

In the 2019-2020, flu season, more than 400,000 people were hospitalized for problems caused by seasonal flu.1 Reduce your risk: Get an annual flu shot.

Many Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) members can get 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 flu shot at these locations:

Worksite Clinic3

Some members can get a flu shot where they work. Many employers have 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 medical in the same visit will need to pay copay, coinsurance or deductible fee. To find an in-network doctor, visit Find a Doctor.

Pharmacies (if applicable)

Flu shots can now also be covered under the member's pharmacy benefits on Most Blue Cross NC plans. Members just need to show their ID card at an in-network vaccinating pharmacy. In network vaccinating pharmacies can be found on our Find a Doctor page.

The following plans are excluded from coverage of the flu shot under the member's pharmacy benefits:

  • The State Health Plan
  • FEP plans
  • Medicare Part D plans
  • ASO members with a Net Results Rx formulary

Members on these plans must continue to use one of the other flu shot options, and their medical benefits will apply.

In-network pharmacists

Members can go to an in-network, immunizing pharmacist or MinuteClinic to get a flu shot. Some North Carolina pharmacists have contracted with Blue Cross NC to give flu shots. North Carolina immunizing pharmacists can give flu shots to those ages 10 and up. 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)".
  • To find a participating MinuteClinic, begin typing "Convenience Care Centers" and select Convenience Care Centers Convenience Care (Facilities).

Do I have the flu?

If you're not sure if you have the flu, check our symptom decision chart at bcbsnc.com/careoptions. 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. Estimated Influenza Illnesses, Medical visits, Hospitalizations, and Deaths in the United States - 2018-2019 influenza season, https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/2018-2019.html (Accessed August 2020).
  2. Seasonal flu shots are available for eligible members and covered at 100 percent for those members with a non-grandfathered plan.
  3. Worksite Clinics - 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 Participants must be 18+. These flu shots will be given by agents of LabCorp. In the event that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that flu shots go to "priority groups" before the general public, LabCorp will give priority to those who fit the CDC's high-risk standards.