The annual flu season is here, and it can have a severe impact on senior citizens or people with chronic health conditions. But don't fret! As a caregiver, a simple and effective way to help your loved one reduce the risk of catching the flu this fall is to make sure they get vaccinated against the virus. Flu shots are available to most Humana members at no additional cost.
Getting a flu shot for yourself may also help protect others— when you take measures to help reduce your chances of getting the flu, it may lower the risk of getting friends and family members sick.
Make sure you don't fall victim to some of these common myths about flu shots:
When the person you care for isn't feeling well, there are some telltale symptoms that may help you differentiate between a cold and the flu.
According to the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID):5
If the signs suggest it could be the flu, it’s essential to take early and quick action. Antiviral treatments are most effective if taken within 48 hours of the first sign of symptoms, according to the CDC.2
Early treatment is especially important for people the CDC considers at high risk for serious health complications,6 including those 65 or older, residents of nursing homes or care facilities and people with health conditions such as:
1 “How Flu Spreads,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last accessed October 5, 2017, https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/spread.htm (link opens in new window)
2 “Frequently Asked Flu Questions 2017-2018 Influenza Season,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last accessed September 14, 2017, https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2017-2018.htm (link opens in new window)
3 “Misconceptions about Seasonal Flu and Flu Vaccines,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last accessed September 11, 2017, https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/misconceptions.htm (link opens in new window).
4 “Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last accessed September 18, 2017, https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm (link opens in new window).
5 “Is It a Cold or the Flu?” National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, last accessed April 6, 2015, https://www.niaid.nih.gov/media/it-cold-or-flu (link opens in new window).
6 “People at High Risk of Developing Flu–Related Complications,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last accessed August 25, 2016, https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/high_risk.htm (link opens in new window).
* Please refer to your Evidence of Coverage or Benefit Plan Document (Certificate of Insurance or Summary Plan Description), or call Member Services at the number on the back of your Humana member ID card to see if your flu shot is covered.