DON'T MISS YOUR SHOT
Flu shots are now available. Most members can get one at no extra cost. You can get an updated COVID-19 booster at the same time. It’s safe and convenient. Check if your location offers both shots.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting your flu shot by the end of October.
Frequently asked questions
How much does a flu shot cost?
A flu shot costs $0 for most members. Some members with self-funded, administrative services only (ASO), and “grandfathered” plans may have out-of-pocket costs.
Where can I get a flu shot?
You can go to your doctor's office or, if your plan includes pharmacy benefits, to an in-network retail pharmacy.
Your biggest questions about flu shots and COVID – answered
Want to protect yourself and your family from getting sick this winter? Follow our expert advice.
Compare COVID-19 symptoms and flu symptoms
Incubation period: 2-14 days
Contagion level: High
New loss of taste and smell: Yes
Incubation period: 1-4 days
Contagion level: Moderate
New loss of taste and smell: No
Different plans have different pharmacy networks. If you get your insurance from your employer, Covered California, or purchase it directly from Blue Shield, you have a Commercial plan.
Commercial pharmacy networks
Medicare pharmacy network
Medi-Cal and Cal MediConnect pharmacy network
Hundreds of millions of Americans have safely received flu shots over the past 50 years, according to the CDC.
Severe allergic reactions from a flu shot are very rare. They’re estimated at less than one in a million doses. If a reaction happens, it is usually within a few minutes to a few hours after the shot.
Flu season peaks between December and February. But activity can last as late as May.
Last Updated: 10/1/2022
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