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Flu Shots and Coverage of Immunizations

Flu Shots

The federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccination for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease.

While there are many different flu viruses, the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the top three or four flu viruses that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season. People should begin getting vaccinated soon after flu vaccine becomes available, ideally by October, to ensure that as many people as possible are protected before flu season begins.

In addition to getting vaccinated, you can take everyday preventive steps like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading flu to others.
 
 
For updates on vaccination against the flu, see the state and federal websites.
 

PEBB-sponsored worksite flu shot clinics

Click here for the current schedule
 
Agencies can schedule onsite flu shot clinics September through December, where members can conveniently access a flu vaccination at no cost. PEBB medical plans are once again contracting with getaflushot.com to provide this service.
 
Agencies schedule a flu shot clinic through getaflushot.com. As in the past, agency representatives may schedule a clinic if at least 20 PEBB members will participate. They may contact getaflushot.com to schedule a clinic using the form on the “Request Service” tab on this webpage.
 
Click here to access information and forms to participate in a flu shot clinic. Click here for information on FluMist availability and flu shot vaccines for children.
 
As soon as a schedule becomes available, PEBB will post it here.
 
If you can't attend a worksite flu shot clinic, remember that many pharmacies provide flu shots at no cost and file a claim for the service with your health plan. Contact a pharmacy in your plan's provider network (PEBB Statewide and Providence Choice plans), or call Kaiser Member Services (Kaiser plans): Portland 503-813-2000; Outside Portland 1-800-813-2000.
 

Immunization Coverage in PEBB Health Plans

In general, when eligible PEBB members receive an immunization approved by the Food and Drug Administration, it is covered in their health plan.
  • The PEBB Statewide and Providence Choice plans cover immunizations from a participating provider or pharmacy.
  • Kaiser Permanente covers immunizations provided in a participating medical office.