Flu Shots

Benefits

Flu Shots 2020 — More Important Than Ever!

Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2020-2021 to protect yourself, your family and your community from flu. While it is impossible to predict what will happen this season, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) believes that the flu and COVID-19 will be spreading simultaneously. The symptoms of each are very similar and it will be difficult to know the difference without being tested. It is also possible to get both viruses at the same time with compounding health effects. 

With over 200,000 Americans hospitalized for flu-related complications each year, you don’t want to risk falling ill with the flu, especially during a pandemic.  A flu vaccine this season can help reduce the burden on our healthcare systems and save medical resources for care of COVID-19 patients.

Regions is providing FREE flu shot options for associates. Hosting on-site clinics isn’t practical this year due to our current remote work status. Luckily, most associates can receive a FREE flu shot by driving a short distance to a participating pharmacy, and all associates have the option to be reimbursed for their flu shot.

Convenient options for a flu shot:

Associates and Dependents Covered by the Regions Medical Plans

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield AL (BCBSAL) pharmacy vaccine network with ID
  • BCBSAL In-Network doctor’s office

Associates Not Covered by the Regions Medical Plans

  • By appointment at participating independent pharmacies (An appointment is necessary to avoid upfront charges.)

All Associates with Reimbursement

  • Any public site ($35 maximum reimbursement applies)

Regions Medical Plan Benefit Options

BCBSAL Doctor Offices

  • Co-pay will only apply if you receive other services during your doctor visit
  • Available to associates and dependents
  • Simply show your BCBS ID card

BCBSAL Vaccine Network

  • All major pharmacy retailers and most independent pharmacies are in the Vaccine Network.
    • To see if your pharmacy is in the “Vaccine Network,” go to > BCBSAL Find a Pharmacy > Enter Zip > Enter Pharmacy Name (optional) > Scroll to your pharmacy > View Network/Plans > Look for Vaccine Network
  • Available to associates and dependents (generally age 7 and above)
  • Simply show you BCBS Medical ID card and a photo ID
  • No upcharge when obtaining your flu shot from CVS pharmacies
  • Note: Pneumococcal and Shingles vaccines are available through the BCBS vaccine network. Typically, the Shingles vaccine is recommended for those age 50 and up and Pneumococcal for age 65 and up or prescribed for those with certain health conditions. Consult your physician or pharmacist with questions.

    By Appointment at an Independent Pharmacy – New for 2020

    Associates who are not covered by the Regions Medical Plans may receive a free flu shot at an independent pharmacy in the APCI, Inc. pharmacy network. Simply schedule an appointment via the APCI, Inc. Online Scheduler. Appointments are available from October 1st – November 30th. Note: Walk-ins will have to pay for their shot at the time of service and file for reimbursement.

    After registering, you will be given a list of participating pharmacies to choose from. Choose a pharmacy and then select a date and time. You will be given a confirmation number. The appointment information is automatically sent to the pharmacy.  If you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, please contact the pharmacy directly. Dependents are not eligible for this option.

    Any Public Site
    All associates, including those not on the Regions Medical Plans, may go to a public site of your choice for a flu shot and submit a reimbursement form with a legible receipt to Corporate Benefits (maximum reimbursement of $35). Dependents are not eligible for reimbursement. Please allow 60 days for processing. This option is available for associates through Feb. 28, 2021. Reimbursement requests must be received by March 31. 

    Note: Any associate who wants or needs another form of the vaccine other than the quadrivalent shot (such as: high dosage, preservative-free, recombinant) may use this option with a maximum reimbursement of $35.

    General Recommendations

    There are many flu viruses, and they are constantly changing. The composition of U.S. flu vaccines is reviewed annually by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and updated to match circulating flu viruses. Flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses that research suggests will be most common. While the predictions aren’t perfect every year, getting a flu shot is always a good idea. If it doesn’t prevent the flu, it lessens the severity of the symptoms.

    Everyone six months and older (including and especially pregnant women and those with chronic illnesses) should get a flu vaccine every year by the end of October, if possible. However, getting vaccinated later is better than not getting vaccinated at all. Vaccination should continue throughout the flu season, even in January or later.

    Taking Other Precautions
    Along with receiving your annual flu shot, you should also take everyday precautions to help prevent the spread of the flu virus around the office and at home. According to the CDC, during flu season you should avoid close contact with sick people, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and wash your hands often with soap and water.

    For general recommendations, review the No More Excuses Flyer,  Why Get a Flu Vaccine Flyer and the Vaccination Information Statement.

    Learn more about the flu, flu prevention and flu vaccinations by visiting the Centers for Disease Control.