Fight The Flu: Where To Get Your No-Cost Flu Shot

Did you know that the flu vaccine is provided at no-cost for Community First Health Plan Members?

The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu is to get your flu shot every year. Be a Flu Fighter and get your flu vaccine – it’s more important now than ever before!

You can view flu activity near you by accessing FluView, a weekly CDC influenza surveillance report.

Where Can I Get My Flu Shot?

Your Primary Care Provider (PCP)

Your PCP is your first source for your health needs. If you haven’t had your annual wellness visit, now is a great time to get that done, too! 

Children under the age of 7 must receive their flu shot at their doctor’s office.

Community First approved pharmacies including:

  • H-E-B
  • Wal-Mart
  • Target
  • Walgreens
  • CVS 

Flu Drives & Clinics

Many Community First Providers are offering flu shot clinics and even “drive-thru” flu shot events where you can receive the vaccine from the safety of your car! Call your PCP to find out your flu shot options.

Learn more about upcoming no-cost community flu shot drives and additional Flu resources. 

 

 

How Much Does a Flu Shot Cost?

Flu shots are provided at NO-COST to Community First Members. In fact, all CDC recommended child and adolescent immunizations are covered under your plan. 

Unsure if your child is up to date on their vaccines? Find a complete list of recommended immunizations for children and adolescents aged 18 years or younger.

Who Should Get The Flu Shot?

Everyone ages six month and up should get their flu shot, especially:

  • Pregnant women
  • Senior citizens over the age of 65
  • Caregivers of the elderly and young children
  • Healthcare workers
  • Those with chronic health conditions like heart or lung disease, obesity, diabetes, and cancer

 

Who Should NOT Get The Flu Shot?

If you have an egg allergy or if you’ve ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) you should not get the flu shot. Babies under six months also cannot receive the vaccine. If you have any concerns, always ask your doctor.

Can The Flu Shot Give Me The Flu?

No, the flu shot cannot give you the flu. In fact, it is your best protection against the flu. The most common side effects from the flu shot are soreness, redness, tenderness, or swelling where the shot was given.

What Should I Do If I Have Flu Symptoms?

Stay home and avoid contact with other people. Flu symptoms include the following:

  • Fever/Chills
  • Body Aches
  • Headache
  • Dry Cough
  • Sore or Dry Throat

You should call your doctor if your symptoms are severe or you are at high risk for flu complications due to any of these conditions: asthma or other lung problems; diabetes; weakened immune system; kidney disease; heart disease; liver disorder; neurological or neuromuscular disorders; pregnancy.

Questions? Call our 24-hour Nurse Advice Line at 1-800-434-2347.

How Can I Protect Myself?

Flu is spread through droplets in the air (a sneeze or cough) or by touching a surface with the virus on it and then transferring it to your face. 

Wash your hands, avoid touching your face, mouth, or eyes, and stay home if you’re feeling sick. And get your flu shot today!

The flu shot is more important than ever this year due to COVID-19.

The flu and COVID-19 share many of the same symptoms and are spread in similar ways. However, there is a proven and effective way to help PREVENT the flu – the flu shot! An FDA-approved vaccine does not yet exist for COVID-19.

Healthcare workers are working around the clock to care for COVID-19 patients. By choosing to get a flu vaccine, you:

  • reduce your chance of catching the flu 
  • reduce your need to visit an urgent care clinic or hospitals where your chances of being around someone with COVID-19 are much higher
  • allow healthcare workers to focus their time, attention, and resources on those infected with COVID-19

The Importance of Face Masks

Spread Thanks, Not Germs.

Parents, family members, educators, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear about public health concerns in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. Find COVID-19 information and additional resources to help your family cope during this difficult time.