Flu shots matter for caregivers and consumers!


Posted by Rachael Tom

Flu season is here, and getting your flu shot is an important way for both caregivers and consumers to stay healthy — especially those who are medically vulnerable 😷.

This year, it’s more important than ever to avoid the flu, because:

  • While COVID-19 is NOT the flu, some of its symptoms can be very similar. Not coming down with the flu means not having that worry and confusion.
  • Avoiding symptoms means not having to go out to get a COVID-19 test.
  • You could catch both COVID-19 and flu at the same time, which may make it more difficult for your body to fight both infections.
  • As is true every year, the flu can be deadly on its own. Risk factors for serious cases include:
    • Age (over 65).
    • History of heart disease or stroke.
    • Diabetes.
    • Lung disease or asthma.
    • Chronic conditions and weak immune systems.
    • Cancer and cancer treatment.
    • Obesity.

Get a Free Flu Shot! 

If you are a caregiver enrolled in any health plan through SEIU 775 Benefits Group, you can get a flu shot for free! You will receive a voucher from SavRx in the mail, and you can use it at your local pharmacy.  SEIU 775 Benefits Group health plans also offer other ways to get a free shot. Please see the SEIU 775 Benefits Group’s flu shot resources page for details.

Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) pays for flu shots given according to CDC guidelines, which recommend a flu shot every year.

If you are covered by original Medicare, you can get a free flu shot if your healthcare provider accepts assignment for providing a flu shot. Also, Medicare Part B covers one shot per flu season.

Uninsured people in Washington state can get a free flu shot at Albertsons and Safeway pharmacies listed on the state’s Department of Health website

Medical clinics and pharmacies are taking precautions to avoid COVID-19, and you can call them in advance for more information on what is being done at the one you plan to go to. For more information on flu and COVID-19, please see the Centers for Disease Control’s web page

Staying healthy allows you to keep working and receiving care. You can use Carina for free to find a consumer or a caregiver. And if caregivers do get sick, use Carina to find back-up care. Try Carina today! 

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