It’s that time again: flu season. Staying healthy with the holidays coming up means practicing preventive care, which includes getting a COVID-19 booster and your annual flu shot. To keep your immunity and spirits high, here’s what you need to know about Fall 2023’s recommended vaccinations:
COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus with respiratory symptoms including fever and chills, cough, shortness of breath, congestion, nausea, and diarrhea. As COVID-19 continues to evolve, we must continue to reinforce our immunity to it. While vaccination has proven to be a powerful tool in controlling the spread of the virus, immunity may wane over time. That’s where COVID-19 boosters come into play. Boosters are additional vaccine doses administered to individuals already vaccinated to enhance and prolong their immunity. As the holiday season typically involves gatherings with family and friends, getting a COVID-19 booster is a responsible step in keeping your loved ones healthy.
In addition to COVID-19 boosters, flu shots are another essential component of preventive care during the fall season. The flu is a respiratory virus that can have symptoms similar to COVID-19, a fact that has caused confusion and concern since the pandemic began. The flu can cause mild to severe symptoms, and severe cases can even lead to death. Getting a flu shot reduces the likelihood of getting sick with the flu, helps prevent unnecessary hospitalizations, and relieves the burden on our healthcare system. Because the flu evolves each year, similar to COVID-19, getting a flu shot each year will protect you from the latest variant.
Health insurance companies, like Curative, often cover COVID-19 boosters and flu shots. For Curative members, you can get $0 flu and COVID shots at any pharmacy. Simply schedule a flu shot and COVID-19 booster at a location most convenient to you, or if your nearest pharmacy allows walk-ins, just bring your ID and insurance card! For ultimate convenience, you can get both your COVID-19 booster and your flu shot at the same time with no ill effects.1
Curative also covers COVID-19 tests with valid prescriptions. If you’re displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who tested positive, please see your primary care physician for a COVID-19 test prescription that you can obtain at the closest in-network pharmacy.
Preventive care is the cornerstone of good health, and initial vaccines and booster shots are a big part of staying healthy. It's a proactive approach that aims to identify and address potential health issues before they become serious concerns.
In the pursuit of a healthy holiday season protecting yourself and your family with updated vaccines is the greatest gift you can give. By taking advantage of opportunities to protect yourself with the latest COVID-19 booster or flu shot, you can protect yourself for another season. By taking these preventative measures, members can enhance their personal immunity, contribute to public health, and better prepare themselves for potential health threats, ultimately supporting a safer and healthier community.
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