Protect Yourself from the Flu
Frequently Asked Questions
The flu is a serious contagious disease spread by coughing, sneezing, and nasal secretions. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccination because it is the best protection against this disease.
No, the flu shot cannot cause flu illness. The viruses contained in flu shots are inactivated (killed), which means they cannot cause infection.
Getting a flu shot early in the season is your best protection against the flu. Don’t wait until late in the season because you might have already been exposed to the virus.
All Priority Partners members can receive a flu shot at their primary care physician’s office. In addition, members 19 years or older can get the flu shot at a community pharmacy. If you cannot get to your doctor’s office, you may get the flu vaccine at a participating network pharmacy near you.
If you receive your flu shot at a community pharmacy, please make sure to see the pharmacist at the prescription counter and not an in-store clinic. Some examples of in-store clinics include Target Clinic and CVS Minute Clinic.
There are different types of flu shots, and the CDC recommends you receive whatever is available at your pharmacy or doctor’s office. However, the CDC does not recommend the intranasal flu vaccine, FluMist.
You will not be reimbursed for flu vaccines paid out of pocket. Please make sure to go to one of our vaccine network flu pharmacies where your flu vaccine will be free!
Find a pharmacy in our vaccine network where you can get the flu vaccine.
All standard Trivalent and Quadrivalent available brands of the flu vaccine, including FluMist (nasal spray), are covered at network flu vaccine pharmacies. Please be advised that FluMist is not recommended by the CDC.
Fluzone intradermal, sort needle vaccine, and the Fluzone High Dose formulations are not covered at the retail pharmacy.
If you have questions about the flu, read more about it at www.cdc.gov/flu.
Shingrix & Zostavax are vaccines against the Herpes Zoster that can be administered by your doctor or your pharmacist at a vaccine network pharmacy. A prescription is needed when you obtain the vaccine from a pharmacy.
Adult pneumococcal vaccine, for pneumonia prevention, can be administered by your doctor or your pharmacist at a vaccine network pharmacy. A prescription is needed when you obtain the vaccine from a pharmacy.
Members may obtain vaccines from a network provider or below vaccines from a network pharmacy. The list below identifies vaccines available at a vaccine network pharmacy at no cost.
|Vaccine||Use||Copay when administered at a Vaccine Network Pharmacy||Recommended Age|
|Flu Vaccine||Flu prevention||Age 19 and over|
|Shingrix||Shingles prevention||Age 50 and over|
|Zostavax||Shingles prevention||Age 60 and over|
|Adult Pneumococcal||Pneumonia prevention||Age 19 and over|
Your doctor can determine if you should receive a vaccine based on CDC recommended guidelines.