Are You Prepared for Flu Season?

Flu Shot Blog Graphic-01We may be in the heart of summer, but it won’t be long before fall-the start of flu season. Peak flu season can begin as early as October and last through May. The best time to get a flu shot is in September or October. It takes about two weeks for the flu shot to be most effective. Mark your flu shot on your calendar so you’re protected for the upcoming flu season.

What else should you know about flu shots? 

  • Flu shots offer valuable protection. A flu shot doesn’t guarantee you won’t get the flu, but it helps. In fact, it provides you with up to 60 percent more protection than if you don’t get one. 
  • You don’t get the flu from flu shots. Modern flu vaccines don’t use live viruses, which means you can’t catch the flu from a flu shot. 
  • You can get a flu vaccine at no cost to you. Most of our health plans allow you to get the flu vaccine at no cost when you get it from provider or pharmacy in your plan’s network. Visit PacificSource.com/flu to find providers and pharmacies near you. 
  • Pharmacies offer convenience. Most pharmacies offer drop-in flu shots with little or no waiting.

If you have insurance through PacificSource and you’re not sure the flu shot is covered, please contact our Customer Service Department. For more information, visit  PacificSource.com/flu.

Tips to Fight the Flu

  • Cover your cough with a tissue. This is a simple way to help keep the virus from spreading. Feel a cough or sneeze coming on, but don’t have a tissue? Cough or sneeze into your elbow-not your hand.
  • Wash your hands frequently. You should do this even when it’s not flu season, but it’s especially important when viruses are in the air. Wash your hands with soap and water for a full 20 seconds.
  • Get a flu shot. This is a great way to protect yourself and look out for others who share space with you at home or at work.
  • Encourage your family members to get flu shots. Fall and winter season family fun is more enjoyable when everyone is well enough to participate in activities.
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3 Comments

  1. SL Koubele

     /  February 7, 2017

    If you, Pacific Source, truly promote healthy people you would cover doctors of the patients’ choice as long as they practice under the scope of their license. True health comes from working with N.D.s. Medical doctors don’t help you get healthy, they only help you stay alive. Health comes thru nutrition and lifestyles and MDs have limited knowledge of nutrition.

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  2. My pharmacist would not give it last year, nor would my children’s doctor. Guess they knew something then, sad that my kids hate shots so much,

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  3. In year’s past, the flu vaccine was available as a nasal spray. Recently, the U.S. Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Network notified the CDC that the nasal vaccine does not meet the standard of effectiveness. Thus, this year the vaccine will be available in the shot form only.
    Learn more here: http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/s0622-laiv-flu.html

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