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Get Your Flu Shot Early

It's safe, effective and more important than ever

October typically marks the start of flu season. And this year it’s more important than ever to protect yourself and your family by getting a flu shot early as the country grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

At a time when the health care system is burdened by COVID-19, a flu shot can help prevent hospitalizations for the flu. A flu shot can also help you avoid being co-infected with both the flu and COVID-19, which can result in serious complications. -Claire Levesque, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer of Commercial Products at Tufts Health Plan

The flu vaccine is in strong supply and available at many locations. You can get a flu shot safely and conveniently so you should not avoid it this year. Everyone ages six months or older should be vaccinated, with rare exceptions, by the end of October, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Pregnant women also need to receive the flu vaccine and should check to see if their OB/GYN is stocking it.

Remote workers need a flu shot, too

If you work remotely, you won’t be able to just drop by your workplace flu clinic this year. Plan to get a flu shot near you by taking advantage of one of the many options below. Contracting flu means you’ll lose productivity on the job and need to take valuable sick days. Plus, if you do need to return to the workplace, you’ll have to recover first to prevent spreading the illness to co-workers. The CDC recommends that individuals with suspected or confirmed flu who do not have a fever should stay home from work at least 4-5 days after the onset of symptoms.

Flu shots are covered at no cost for most plans

For most plans, there is no cost to you and a copayment/deductible does not apply.1 If you pay out-of-pocket for the flu vaccine, you can submit your payment to Tufts Health Plan using the Medical Claim Member Reimbursement Form.

Take action now

With flu activity often beginning to increase in October, now’s the time to get a flu shot to protect yourself, your family and your community. Don’t delay.

For questions about the flu vaccine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist, or use telehealth powered by Teladoc®.2 Telehealth lets you talk to a U.S.-based, board-certified doctor for free by phone or video.

For questions about coverage for the flu vaccine, call Member Services at the phone number on the back of your member ID card.

  1. Flu shots are covered at no cost for most plans; there are exceptions for certain employer groups. If you are unsure about your plan’s benefit, please call Member Services at the phone number on your member ID card.
  2. Teladoc virtual health care services are available to Tufts Health Plan Commercial members (not including Tufts Health Direct) for plans issued or renewed in 2020. Until further notice, there will be no member cost share or copay for this service to our employer-sponsored groups, including all self-funded groups that have this benefit and have not opted out. As a reminder, during the COVID-19 emergency, you maybe able to also receive telehealth services from your regular health care providers without cost share if they have the ability to provide telehealth services. Ask your doctor if he or she can offer telehealth services and whether it’s appropriate for your health care needs.