Do your part to stay healthy––get your flu shot this month

Do your part to stay healthy––get your flu shot this month

October 7, 2020

bandage shaped like a heartGetting a flu shot may not be the top task on your fall to-do list, but it’s an important one. Flu season has arrived. It takes about two weeks for the shot to give you the highest level of protection, so consider getting yours now.

A flu shot is especially important this season since, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter.

Getting a flu shot will not protect against COVID-19, but it will decrease your chances of getting the flu and its related health risks.

Protecting others

A person who doesn’t know they have the flu can still spread it, so the decision to get a flu shot will also help prevent its spread. Getting a flu shot will help protect vulnerable members of the community, including people with existing health problems. Those considered vulnerable have the highest risk of serious, even life-threatening, complications from the flu, which puts many people in the hospital each year.

Where can I get a flu shot?

If your agency or higher education institution does not schedule an on-site vaccination clinic for employees, most primary care providers and retail health clinics (located in pharmacies or grocery stores) offer flu shots. To ensure the vaccine is covered 100% by your health plan, make sure the provider or clinic is in your plan’s network.

  • HealthSelect of Texas® plan participants who need help locating in-network providers can call a BCBSTX Personal Health Assistant toll-free at (800) 252-8039, Monday–Friday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. CT.
  • Community First Health Plans participants can call toll-free (877) 698-7032 Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Scott and White Care Plans participants can call customer support toll-free at (800) 321-7947, Monday–Friday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. CT.

You may also get a flu shot at $0 copay under the HealthSelectSM Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) pharmacy benefit when administered at an in-network pharmacy. For more information about PDP benefits, participants can call toll-free, (855) 828-9834 (TTY: 711).

To learn more about the flu shot, see Flu Awareness & Prevention under the Member Education tab on