According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year.
Because it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, the CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine by the end of October. Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial.
You can get your flu vaccination in one of three ways:
- At a convenience care clinic, typically located in a retail store. No appointment is needed.
- At a retail pharmacy such as CVS, Walgreens and Walmart.
- At your doctor’s office or other in-network provider. Check your medical vendor’s website or call the number on your medical ID card to find a network provider.
Be sure to show your medical ID card when you get vaccinated. Although you might need to pay out of pocket when you receive the vaccine,
you will be reimbursed 100% if you are covered under one of the four national Medical Program options and you use a network provider. Simply submit the claim to your medical vendor for reimbursement.
Learn more about the flu and why it’s important to get vaccinated.