There aren’t a lot of things you can get for free these days, but a flu shot may be one of them. Many Independence Blue Cross health plans include coverage for seasonal flu shots.* Check our seasonal flu vaccine coverage chart for more information.
If you’re still asking yourself “Should I get a flu shot?” here are three more reasons why you may want to consider getting vaccinated:
- You have better things to do with your time (and so does everyone else around you). The average person infected with the flu virus takes two days off from work and flu symptoms — coughing, congestion, fever, and fatigue — can last up to two weeks! Getting a flu shot can help ensure that you don’t turn into “that guy” (you know the one who infects everyone else) and that you won’t have to waste days off being sick. If you do happen to get the flu, you can help avoid spreading it by:
- Washing your hands frequently
- Avoiding highly populated areas
- Avoiding contact with those who have weak immune systems (i.e. children, elder adults and those chronic health conditions).
- It’s complicated. The symptoms of the flu can take a toll on your body and at times can be fatal. That is why it is important to take precautions, such as getting your seasonal flu vaccine, to keep you and your loved ones healthy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 200,000 people are hospitalized each year for flu-related complications, including:
- Bacterial pneumonia
- Ear and sinus infections
- Worsening of chronic health conditions
- It’s cheaper to get the flu shot than to get the flu. Check out the chart below and compare the costs associated with getting a flu shot versus getting the flu.
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