Flu season is upon us and now is the time to protect yourself, your patients and the community by getting vaccinated. Influenza viruses typically ramp up each year in the fall, lasting through the spring, so September and October are ideal times to be vaccinated. Most people who catch the flu recover without complications, and influenza can be associated with serious illness and hospitalization, especially among older adults and young children. The CDC recommends annual flu vaccines for everyone older than six months.
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Staff may also make a flu vaccine appointment with Employee Health by calling 402-955-6020 or through your primary care provider or pharmacy. If you receive the flu vaccine elsewhere, please provide documentation of the vaccine to Employee Health. As a reminder, flu vaccines are required annually for all Children’s employees, contingent workers and volunteers and must be received by Nov. 30, 2021.
Employees and dependents who are on Children’s Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) plan are eligible to receive an annual flu vaccine at any CVS retail pharmacy location. In order for the vaccine to be covered, please show your CVS pharmacy card and not your BCBSNE card. While this is coordinated as part of our medical coverage, the pharmacy coverage is technically separate. If you don’t have your CVS card handy, just ask the pharmacy team to look up your CVS coverage.