At 6:30 this morning when I took my dog outside for her morning ritual and it was still dark and I could see my breath in the frosty air, I realized that once again, winter is coming… and with winter comes flu season. Every year, people suffer from flu symptoms that cause children to miss school, parents to miss work and everyone in the house to feel miserable. More importantly, not only is the flu inconvenient, it can also be dangerous. In fact, according to Dr. Larry Wu, Regional Medical Director for Blue Cross Blue Shield NC, “Last year, thousands were hospitalized and more than 100 North Carolinians died from complications with the flu, with the most severe issues affecting people who have not had the flu shot.”
Because Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina is actively committed to promoting preventive care maintenance, they have in place a 2015 flu shot program to help members take advantage of the vaccine and stay healthy during this year’s flu season.
The 2015 program works like this:
You can get your vaccination at the Doctor’s office, a walk-in clinic, or at a pharmacy. If participating urgent care and convenience care centers submit member flu shot claims to BCBSNC and that member has 100% immunization/preventive care benefits, BCBSNC will pay for the shots administered by these providers. Depending on specific benefits and the location of the provider administering the shot, however, some members may pay a co-payment or deductible. It’s important to check your plan’s summary of benefits to manage out of pocket expenses.
Keep in mind that because the 2015 flu shot has been updated to include new strains of the flu virus, having the 2014 flu shot won’t necessarily prevent you from getting the flu this year. It’s important to make sure you keep up-to-date on your flu vaccination on an annual basis.
The bottom line is there’s nothing fun about getting the flu and getting your flu shot can help keep you well! If you are already a member of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, you can register with Blue Connect for more information on member benefits. If you are not currently a BCBSNC member, consider the importance of having quality health coverage when you need it most. Offering a wide variety of plans both on the federal Marketplace and off, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina can help you and your family stay healthy all year long.
For more information on Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina insurance coverage, please visit our website at www.nchealthplans.com or call our toll free number 888-765-5400 and speak with one of our experienced and professional agents. CLICK HERE to apply online in 8 minutes or less.