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:
- Talk to your doctor
- Visit cdc.gov/flu/season/faq-flu-season-2020-2021
- Visit Medicare.gov/coverage/flu-shots
The above information was provided by Medicare.gov.