No one has time for the flu

November 03, 2021

heart-shaped flu shot bandageA flu shot is the best way to fight flu and reduce your risk of developing serious flu complications 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. Remember, wherever you decide to go to get your flu shot, use the right card—and stay in the network. As a HealthSelectSM medical plan participant, you can get the flu shot at no cost to you when you go to an in-network provider.

Get a no-cost flu shot

If your agency or higher education institution does not schedule an on-site vaccination clinic for employees, check with your primary care provider about getting your shot at an in-network pharmacy or retail health clinic such as those located in a grocery store.

HealthSelectSM 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. 

  • HealthSelect participants may also be able to get the flu vaccine through the HealthSelectSM Prescription Drug Plan (PDP), administered by OptumRx. To locate in-network pharmacies, visit the HealthSelect PDP website or call an OptumRx customer care representative toll-free at (855) 828-9834 (TTY: 711).
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.

The flu season and COVID-19

It’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter, according to the CDC. If you haven’t gotten vaccinated against COVID-19 yet, it’s a very good idea to do that, too—to protect yourself and others against a potentially deadly disease that is still very much with us. COVID-19 vaccines are provided at no cost, even for those who don’t have health insurance. Visit the Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler, a statewide tool provided by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to help anyone age 16 or older schedule a vaccination in their area.

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. It can also help to prevent spreading the flu, which puts many people in the hospital each year.

Take action now to help protect yourself—and those around you—from getting sick during the holiday season.