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Flu Season is Here

October 23, 2012

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) would like to remind you to encourage your patients to get their annual flu shot. (In the U.S., the flu season can start as early as October and can last as late as May.) 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older receive an annual influenza vaccination. The CDC specifically encourages vaccination for all health care providers. According to the CDC, vaccination is especially important for those at higher risk for influenza complications, including: 

  • Children younger than 5 years old
  • Adults 65 years and older
  • Individuals with many chronic medical conditions or immunosuppression
  • Pregnant women

In addition, influenza vaccination is important for people who live with or care for those at higher risk of influenza complications. 

Many BCBSIL members’ health benefit plans include coverage for influenza vaccinations with no member cost sharing; however, there are some exceptions. It is important to check eligibility and benefits information to confirm details regarding copays, coinsurance and deductibles, before administering the influenza vaccine to BCBSIL members. 

For additional information and resources on influenza, visit the CDC website

Checking eligibility and/or benefit information is not a guarantee of payment. Benefits will be determined once a claim is received and will be based upon, among other things, the member’s eligibility and the terms of the member’s certificate of coverage applicable on the date services were rendered. If you have any questions, please call the number on the back of the member's ID card. 

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