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Flu shot information For Members

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Fact Sheet
Flu Season – 2008-2009

Effective immediately, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield members can obtain a flu and/or pneumonia vaccine at a participating pharmacy and pay their tier 1 copay.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that “the single best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each fall.” 1
Anyone can get the flu. The CDC reports that the flu causes over 36,000 deaths every year in the United States.2
The following chain pharmacies will be participating in the flu vaccine program this 2008-2009 flu season:
 
 
Albertsons
CVS
Kroger
Medicine Shoppes
Publix
Rite Aid
Safeway
Ukrops
Walgreens
 
Not all stores in all states will be able to provide flu vaccine to Anthem members.
Members should check with individual stores to verify their participation in the program, availability of the vaccine, and determine how the individual pharmacies will be delivering the vaccine, for example, whether they will be administering shots by appointment or though scheduled clinics.
In addition, individual pharmacies not included in the list above may participate. If the pharmacy you usually use is not on this list, call your pharmacist to see if he or she is participating in Anthem’s flu shot program this year.
Members simply present their Anthem ID card and the claims will be billed by the pharmacist electronically, just like any other prescription drug claim.
Pneumonia is one of the most common causes of death in America from a vaccine-preventable disease.
You are at an increased risk for pneumonia if you are age 65 or older. Every year, an estimated 175,000 cases of pneumococcal pneumonia occur, with an accompanying fatality rate between 5 and 7 percent.3
You cannot get the flu or pneumonia from receiving the vaccine.
 
 
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