Flu Shots

Benefits

Fight the Flu — Get Your Free Flu Vaccination

Flu season is approaching fast! With more than 200,000 Americans hospitalized for flu-related complications each year, you don’t want to risk falling ill with the flu. The flu can be more serious than you might think, and it can affect you even if you are healthy. Luckily, you can significantly reduce your risk of the flu by receiving your annual flu shot. Regions is providing free flu shot options for associates.

Convenient Options for a Flu Shot

Associates and dependents covered by the Regions Medical Plans:

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama (BCBSAL) pharmacy vaccine network with ID
  • BCBSAL in-network doctor’s office

All associates:

  • Any public site ($35 maximum reimbursement applies)

Regions Medical Plan Benefit Options

BCBSAL Doctor’s Office

  • Copay will only apply if you receive other services during your doctor visit
  • Available to associates and dependents
  • Simply show your BCBSAL 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 alabamablue.com/PrimeParticipatingVaccinePharmacyLocator > 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 your BCBSAL Medical ID card and a photo ID
  • No upcharge when obtaining your flu shot from CVS pharmacies

Note: Pneumococcal and shingles vaccines are now available through the BCBSAL vaccine network. Typically, the shingles vaccine is recommended for those age 50 and up and pneumococcal for age 65 and up. They may also be prescribed for those with certain health conditions. Consult your physician or pharmacist with questions.

Any Public Site

All associates, including those not on the Regions Medical Plans, may go to a public site of their choice for a flu shot and submit a reimbursement form and a legible receipt to Corporate Benefits (maximum of $35). Dependents are not eligible for reimbursement. Please allow 60 days for processing. This option is available for associates through February 29, 2020. 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.

Get Ready for Flu Season

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 decreases the severity of the symptoms. Everyone aged 6 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, the 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.

Did You Know

With the Vitality wellness program, you can earn points that lead to gift card rewards for obtaining a flu shot each year. Associates on the Regions Medical Plans are eligible to participate in Vitality at no cost. To learn more, read the Vitality Quick Guide and How to Earn Vitality Points or visit the Vitality page to sign up today! 

Need Help?

Contact the HR Connect Team at 1-877-562-8383.