Influenza (flu) was associated with more than 35.5 million illnesses, more than 16.5 million medical visits, 490,600 hospitalizations, and 34,200 deaths during the 2018-2019 influenza season.
Flu season usually ends in April. So even if you haven’t gotten sick yet, you’re not out of the woods. A vaccine is still your best defense. It’s not too late to protect yourself and your dependents.
Two Ways to Get your FREE Flu Shot
If You Partipate In A Lehigh Medical Plan
At Pharmacies via Express Scripts Prescription Plan
Bring your Express Scripts card to your local participating pharmacy and ask for a flu shot for you and/or your covered dependents. You will not be charged a copay.
At Participating Provider Doctor’s Offices via Capital Blue Cross Medical Plan
Make an appointment, or ask for a flu shot during a wellness visit. Make sure your doctor is a participating provider to ensure you are not charged for the vaccine. NOTE: You may still be charged for an office visit copay depending on the reason for your visit.
The Shingles Vaccine
Shingles is a painful rash that usually develops on one side of the body, often the face or torso. The rash consists of blisters that typically scab over in seven to ten days and clears up in two to four weeks. Some people describe the pain as an intense burning sensation. For some, the pain can last for months or even years after the rash goes away.
About one out of every three people in the United States will develop shingles. If you’ve ever had chickenpox, you can get shingles. Your risk of getting shingles increases as you get older.
Accessing The Shingles Vaccine
Not everyone needs a shingles vaccine. If you or your covered dependent needs the vaccine, your doctor will write a prescription. Take your prescription and your Express Scripts card to your local participating pharmacy to receive your shot. You will not be charged a copay.