Flu and 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
Agencies can schedule onsite flu shot clinics September through December, where members can conveniently access a flu vaccination at no cost.
PEBB medical plans contract with getaflushot.com to provide this service. Click here for the letter from GetAFluShot.com, with instructions on attending and scheduling a PEBB flu shot clinic.
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 your health plan to find out which pharmacies are in your plan's network.
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.
- These PEBB plans cover immunizations from a participating provider or pharmacy: AllCare PEBB, Moda, PEBB Statewide, Providence Choice.
- Kaiser Permanente covers immunizations provided in a Kaiser-participating medical office. Click here for a schedule of KP flu shot clinics.