As long as the flu is spreading, it's not too late to get vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control. With high levels of flu activity reported in 43 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for the week ending February 10, 2018,* you may still want to consider getting a flu shot if you haven't already. While the shot may not be a perfect match for every type of flu, it protects you against multiple strains of the virus. If you do get the flu, the vaccine reduces your chances of complications, and you'll be likely to recover more quickly.
If you are an active member with medical coverage,** you can get an annual flu shot at no cost to you when you use a network provider or network retail clinic (usually in a pharmacy). Just show your Highmark ID card at your doctor's office during a well visit or your OptumRx ID card at your network pharmacy.
You can also take these simple precautions to reduce your chances of getting sick:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Flu and other germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
Remember, it's never too late to practice prevention!
* Source: Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report
** Members enrolled in Triple-S or GeoBlue should consult their plan's provisions for information about covered services.