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Keep your holidays flu-free

Flu shots

Give yourself the gift of a flu-free holiday season and healthy new year by getting your flu shot right away. Since it takes about 2 weeks for the flu shot to start working, it’s important to get it as early in the fall as possible. But it’s never too late to get the flu shot; you can also get it in January or February*.

Even healthy people should get the flu shot

If you’re healthy, you may think the flu shot isn’t necessary for you. But even healthy people can get a serious case of the flu and end up in the hospital—and who wants that**?

The flu shot does not cause the flu

You may have heard that the flu shot can cause the flu, but that’s not true. Sometimes people may have already been exposed to it before they got the shot. Or, since it takes a few weeks to kick in, they get sick before it’s had a chance to start working. That’s why it’s so important to get the shot early—so you can avoid getting sick. Common side effects from the shot are mild and usually don’t last long*.

Protect yourself from the flu

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the CDC, the flu shot is “the single best way” to protect yourself from the flu, but there are some other things you can do to keep flu germs away. For example, during flu season**:

  • Try to wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Keep heavily used surfaces like sinks, toilets and doorknobs clean.

If you’re not feeling well, be sure to seek medical help quickly—within 48 hours—for your best chances of fighting the flu**.

Tools for Humana members

Humana members can get their flu shot at an in-network doctor’s office , retail clinic, urgent care center or pharmacy—often at no additional cost, depending on their Humana healthcare plan.

Humana members may also be able to call the HumanaFirst® Nurse Advice Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to determine when and where they should get care. Members should check the back of their Humana ID card to see if they have this coverage under their plan.

References

*http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2015-2016.htm.

**http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm

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This material is intended for informational use only and should not be construed as medical advice or used in place of consulting a licensed medical professional. You should consult with your doctor.

Humana is a Medicare Advantage HMO, PPO and PFFS organization with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in any Humana plan depends on contract renewal.

This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information. Limitations, copayments and restrictions may apply. Benefits may change each year.

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