Key facts about the flu shot
The flu (also known as influenza) is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. Getting your yearly flu shot (also known as flu vaccine) is the first and most important step in preventing the flu.
Both Mercy Care and Mercy Care Advantage cover flu shots at no cost to the member.
Who needs a flu shot? You do.
The flu can spread quickly and can be very serious. All adults, children and babies six months of age and older should get a flu shot. There are different vaccines for different ages. Your doctor can tell you what’s right for you or your child.
We cover flu shots for our members. Get yours today.
Some people are at high-risk for complications from the flu
It’s especially important that you get a flu shot if you:
- Have a chronic condition like asthma, diabetes or lung disease
- Are pregnant
- Are age 65 and older
- Live in a nursing home
- Are a caregiver or are in close contact with people who have chronic conditions
You need a flu shot every year
The flu virus is always changing. If you got a flu shot last year, it won’t protect you this year. Getting a flu shot every year gives you the best protection against the flu.
You may need a pneumonia shot too
If you smoke cigarettes, or are in a high-risk group, you may need extra protection. You may need a one-time shot to prevent pneumonia, as well as your flu shot. People with certain conditions, like sickle cell disease or HIV, also should get a pneumonia shot.
It’s easy to get your flu shot
Just go to your doctor’s office or clinic. *Adults can also get a flu shot at most retail pharmacies in our network. Check the pharmacy locator for a pharmacy near you: https://www.mercycareplan.com/find-a-pharmacy. Make sure your local pharmacy is giving flu shots before you go. You don’t need a prescription to get your flu shot and there’s no copay.
*Members over 18 years of age