Prepare for Flu Season

photo of smartphone with calendar screenWe may be in the heart of summer, but it won’t be long before fall—the start of flu season. Peak flu season can begin as early as October and last through May. The best time to get a flu shot is in September or October. It takes about two weeks for the flu shot to be most effective. Mark your flu shot on your calendar so you’re protected for the upcoming flu season.

What else should I know about flu shots?

  • Flu shots offer valuable protection. A flu shot doesn’t guarantee you won’t get the flu, but it helps. In fact, it can provide up to 60 percent more protection than if you don’t get one. 
  • You don’t get the flu from flu shots. Modern flu vaccines don’t use live viruses, which means you can’t get the flu from a flu shot. 
  • Pharmacies offer convenience. Most pharmacies offer drop-in flu shots with little or no waiting.
  • If you’re a PacificSource member, you can get a flu vaccine at no cost to you. Most of our health plans allow you to get the flu vaccine at no cost when you get it from provider or pharmacy in your plan’s network. Visit PacificSource.com/flu to find providers and pharmacies near you. 

For more information, visit PacificSource.com/flu.

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