Why it's so important to get a flu shot this season - Community Health Plan of Washington - Medicare Advantage

Why it’s so important to get a flu shot this season

This year, getting a flu shot is more important than ever.

People who are age 65 and older are at high risk of having serious health complications from the flu. Now more than ever, everyone needs to do their part to prevent the spread of illnesses like the flu. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, fewer people are getting vaccines. That puts their communities at greater risk for other preventable diseases. When people with Medicare get the flu shot, it helps protect them and keep them from spreading the flu to others.

Here’s what you need to know to help you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy this flu season.

Protect yourself, protect others

The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot. The flu is a serious illness – getting the flu shot helps lower the number of hospital visits and deaths. If you get your flu shot, you’ll help keep yourself from getting sick and the flu from spreading to others.

The flu spreads in the fall and winter, and the virus reaches its peak October through February. You can get a flu shot at your doctor’s office, local pharmacy, and clinics. These places have special measures in place to help keep you safe.

When you go to get your flu shot, don’t forget to wear your mask.

All CHPW Medicare Advantage plans cover the flu shot. You pay nothing.

So get your shot now, it’s not too late.

How to lower your risk

There are things you can do to help prevent getting the flu:

  • Wash your hands
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when you’re sick
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces

Learn more about preventing the flu

If you have questions about the flu:

The above information was provided by Medicare.gov.

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