Crisp autumn air, falling leaves, pumpkin spice–this time of year brings many good things, but one thing not so nice: the flu season.
On average, about 8% of the U.S. population gets sick from flu each season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
. Flu viruses begin to escalate in October and November.
If you didn’t get a flu shot in September or October, get one in November. And wherever you decide to go to get your flu shot, use the right card
–and stay in the network. Remember, as a GBP participant, you can get the flu shot at no cost to you when you go to an in-network provider.
In addition to getting a flu shot, the CDC recommends everyday preventive actions, like staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs, and frequent and thorough handwashing to prevent contracting germs. If you do end up getting the flu, follow these CDC recovery guidelines.
Take action now to protect yourself–and those around you–from getting sick during the holiday season.