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What You Need to Know About Getting a Flu Shot This Year

Getting a flu shot has never been more important than it is now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Clover Health is here to provide you with flu shot facts, recommendations, pricing, and more

This year, get your free flu shot. It may be your most important flu shot ever. Getting your free flu shot is one of the most important ways you can protect yourself and your loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even when there isn’t a pandemic, we strongly recommend that all of our members get a seasonal flu shot each year, per the CDC.

Dr. Sophia Chang on Why You Need a Flu Shot This Year

“Hi, I’m Dr. Chang and I’m the Chief Clinical Informatics Officer here at Clover Health. We really care about our members, and we have spent a lot of time and energy trying to keep our members safe, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am really urging you, if not begging you, to please get your flu shot this year. I’m an internal medicine doctor. I really make sure that every single one of my patients receives the flu shot. We have all, as healthcare providers, received our flu shots this year. And especially during these really unusual times, this is a really important thing to do for your health, and frankly, the health of all of the people around you and the ones that you love.”

The Importance of Flu Shots During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, flu shots are more important than ever to protect yourself, your family, and your community. There is currently no COVID-19 vaccine, so the best way to keep from getting sick is to avoid catching any respiratory illness. This is especially important if you are an older adult or have a chronic condition. In a normal year, the flu can put you in the hospital, taking you away from your loved ones and favorite activities. With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there can be too many patients for our hospitals to handle. This risk will be much higher if there is a large flu outbreak. This is one of the reasons we strongly urge you to get your flu shot. As always, be sure to avoid people who are sick, wear a 3-layer cotton or polypropylene face mask when you leave your home, cover any coughs, and continue to wash your hands often.

Flu Shots for Seniors

For people over age 65, we recommend the higher-dose flu vaccine or the vaccine with adjuvant. If neither is available, get the standard flu shot.

Flu Shot Facts

  • Getting your flu shot sooner is better.
  • The flu shot helps prevent the flu and severe flu illness.
  • The flu shot cannot give you the flu.
  • The flu shot will not prevent you from getting COVID-19.

Does Medicare Cover the Flu Shot?

Yes, Medicare Part B pays for one seasonal flu shot each year, and we make it easy for you. With a Clover Health Medicare Advantage plan, you can get your flu shot at NO COST at any one of over 62,000 pharmacies in CVS Caremark’s broad vaccination network now through April 30th, 2021.

Where Can I Get a Flu Shot Near Me?

Clover Health members can visit CVS, Giant, H-E-B, Kroger, Publix, Walgreens, Walmart, and many local independent pharmacies to get a flu shot. Or you can get the flu shot with a $0 copay through your doctor; an office visit or administrative fee may apply.

This year, getting a flu shot is more important than ever, so we urge you to see your doctor or visit a participating pharmacy to get your shot right away.

If you have questions about the flu shot or are a Clover Health member and need help finding a pharmacy location near you, please call Member Services at 1-888-778-1478 (TTY 711) 8 am to 8 pm local time, 7 days a week.*

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