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The FREE Flu Shot Clinics offered by the WellPATH Program have ended for the 2018 year. Please review the information below and contact your doctor or local pharmacy for information on how to receive flu shots during the rest of this season.
Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications. The following section summarizes information from the 2018-2019 flu season.
What viruses will the 2018-2019 flu vaccines protect against?
There are many different flu viruses and they are constantly changing. The composition of U.S. flu vaccines is reviewed annually and updated as needed to match circulating flu viruses. Flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses (depending on vaccine) that research suggests will be most common. For 2018-2019, trivalent (three-component) vaccines are recommended to contain:
Quadrivalent (four-component) vaccines, which protect against a second lineage of B viruses, are recommended to contain:
Kaiser Permanente also offers free flu vaccinations to their members at no cost. No appointment is required. Please wear short sleeves and bring your Kaiser Permanente card and a photo ID for flu shots. View the schedule below for dates and times at the following locations:
Dates and hours are subject to change. Call 1 (800) KP-FLU11 or 1 (800) 573-5811 for the most current information about Kaiser Permanente’s flu vaccination program.
Did you know that the district’s prescription plan considers flu vaccinations a covered benefit if they are administered through a retail pharmacy? For those who were unable to attend the Employee Flu Shot Clinics offered at a district site, you can visit a local participating pharmacy and receive a FREE flu shot. Be sure to ask your doctor if a flu vaccination is right for you. If so, simply present your medical card at the local participating pharmacies:
For more information, please contact Envision’s Help Desk at (800) 361-4542. The JHMB and the WellPATH program are proud to offer expanded flu shot access to help employees along their path to better health.
Wondering if you need a flu shot? Read the CDC FAQ Sheet, and then decide.
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