Protect Yourself This Flu Season

October 13, 2017
By Regence

Did you know that getting the flu vaccine can reduce the risk of flu-related doctor visits by 50-60 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)? With flu season approaching, it’s important to get your flu shot to protect yourself and those around you from the flu virus.

Why should I get a flu shot?

The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of six months get a flu vaccine during the flu season, which begins October 1 and can last until May. The flu vaccine protects you, and those around you such as family members and coworkers, from dangerous flu complications.

Each year, the flu is the cost driver of $10 billion in lost productivity and medical expenses, as around 200,000 people are hospitalized each year because of the flu virus.  Getting a flu shot is a quick, easy and affordable way to protect yourself.

Are flu shots covered?

Flu shots are covered for almost all Regence members as part of our preventative benefits. This means members can get a flu shot at no out-of-pocket to you, when you get the vaccine at an in-network pharmacy or provider.

To confirm your coverage, visit your Member Dashboard on, or contact us and we can help with details. If you have a Regence plan through your employer, your employer may have a scheduled on-site flu clinic coming up. Be sure to check with them to see if one is scheduled for your worksite.

When should I get the flu shot?

The earlier the better, as your body needs a few weeks to form the antibodies that make the vaccine effective. Keep in mind flu season begins October 1.