← Well Fall 2021

The Value of Vaccines

The best way to protect yourself and your family

Vaccines are one of the most successful preventive healthcare measures in history, saving between 2 and 3 million lives every year around the world. It’s one of the most important ways people can keep themselves, their family members, and their community healthy.

Seasonal flu vaccine

The best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu and its complications is to get a flu vaccine every year. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is especially important to get a flu vaccine this year. Health experts agree that everyone six months of age and older should get the flu shot for the 2021-2022 flu season.

Flu shots are covered for Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim members. To get a flu shot, you can:

  • Contact your Primary Care Physician (PCP) or family pediatrician.
  • Visit participating MinuteClinics and CVS/pharmacy locations in MA, NH, ME, RI and CT.
  • Visit public and community-based clinics — contact your town or state’s health department to find a flu shot clinic.

And before you go, be sure to:

  • Bring your Tufts Health Plan or Harvard Pilgrim ID card with you to ensure you get the coverage provided by your plan.
  • Call the provider/facility in advance to confirm the flu vaccine is available.
  • Bring your mask!

COVID-19 vaccine

People age 12 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine helps your body develop immunity and protects you from the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The vaccines are safe and effective, and we encourage you to get vaccinated.

COVID-19 vaccines are free to all individuals living in the United States. To get a COVID-19 vaccine, you can:

  • Contact your Primary Care Physician (PCP) or family pediatrician.
  • Visit vaccinefinder.org or check your state government’s website to find out where the COVID-19 vaccine is available in your area.
  • Visit mass vaccination sites or select retail pharmacies (for example, CVS, Walgreens).

Finally, it is safe to get the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu vaccine at the same visit. The potential side effects after receiving both vaccines are the same as when they are given alone.