Does Alliant Health Plans cover the flu (influenza) vaccine?
Alliant Health Plans covers seasonal flu vaccines on all plans. However, the amount you may pay for the flu vaccine depends on your plan design.
Why is a flu vaccine important?
Flu vaccinations can reduce the risk of influenza and prevent flu-related hospitalizations. Flu vaccinations also may reduce the severity of the flu if contracted. Getting vaccinated protects the people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious illness, like babies and young children, older people, and individuals with certain chronic health conditions.
Who should get a flu vaccine?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine. Vaccination of high risk persons is important to decrease risk of severe flu illness. People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease and lung disease as well as people 65 years or older.
When should I get a flu vaccine?
The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza viruses. Flu vaccination should begin soon after the vaccine becomes available, if possible by October. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating, vaccination should continue to be offered throughout the flu season, even into January or later. While seasonal influenza outbreaks can happen as early as September, during most seasons flu activity peaks in January or later.
Where can I get a flu vaccine?
Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, and pharmacies.
Ask your healthcare provider about obtaining the flu vaccine.
For more information about the flu visit: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/index.htm
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