The Flu and You: Frequently Asked Questions

Who should get a flu shot this year?

Almost everyone age 6 months and up should get a flu shot according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but some people are especially likely to become seriously ill:

  • Pregnant women
  • Children younger than 5 years old
  • People 50 years and older
  • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease
  • People of any age with a weakened immune system
  • People living in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities

In addition, caregivers, healthcare workers, and other people living with or caring for those at high risk for complications from the flu should get a shot to help protect themselves and the people they care for. A flu shot is approved for anyone over 6 months of age, whether healthy, with chronic medical conditions or pregnant. Ask your healthcare provider if you have questions.

I don’t like shots. Do I have any options?

The nasal spray (LAIV or FluMist®) is approved for healthy people ages 2-49 years who aren’t pregnant.

What if I got the flu shot last year?

Because there are different types of flu virus and they may change from year to year, the vaccine is usually different each year to help fight the most common strains. That’s why it’s important to get a flu shot each year.

Will the flu shot give me the flu?

The flu shot doesn’t cause the flu, but sometimes people have already been exposed to the flu before they get the shot. That’s why it’s important to get the shot early. The most common side effects of the shot are mild soreness, redness or swelling where you get the shot. For more information, talk with your healthcare provider.

I’m pretty healthy. Do I need to get a flu shot?

One out of every five people could get sick from the flu according to the CDC, regardless of overall health. Getting the vaccine is your best protection against this disease.

I heard that it doesn’t work.

The flu shot protects against three or four of the common virus strains going around for the season. Sometimes different types of the flu virus start spreading. Even if they are different from those in the vaccine, the CDC says you can still benefit from the shot and possibly have a less severe case if you get another type of flu virus.

I’m allergic to eggs.

Good news: An egg-free version of the flu shot is now available at many locations. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

I’m pregnant. Will it harm my baby?

The flu vaccine can help protect both pregnant women and their unborn babies. It’s recommended by the CDC.

What if I think I already have the flu?

See your healthcare provider or visit an urgent care clinic in your network right away if you experience flu-like symptoms. Your healthcare provider may be able to prescribe an antiviral drug to help reduce the severity and duration of the flu.

Are flu shots covered by my insurance?

Most plans cover the cost of an annual flu shot. In some cases, you may have a copay.1 For coverage questions, please contact Customer Care at the phone number printed on the back of your Humana member ID card.

While your plan covers the cost of the flu shot, you may be responsible for the cost of your healthcare provider visit.

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This material is provided for informational use only. You should consult with your doctor.

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