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Have You Received Your Flu Shot This Year?

Did you know that all health insurance plans under the Federal Employees Health Benefits program cover flu vaccines at no cost to you? Find influenza shot or nasal spray flu vaccination locations in your area to take advantage of your preventive health care benefits. Employees enrolled in TRICARE can also get the flu vaccine at low or no cost.

Annual vaccination against seasonal flu is recommended for all people 6 months and older. Vaccination is the single best way to reduce your risk of catching the flu or experiencing complications. September and October are generally the best times to be vaccinated. It takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop and provide optimal protection. Flu season tends to peak in December with high risks of infection lasting through March.  

You can still protect yourself and help stop the spread of germs with a few good health habits.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect commonly used surfaces.  
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle (get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat a well-balanced diet).

What If You Have the Flu?

In most cases, if you get the flu, you should stay home, avoid contact with other people, stay well hydrated, and rest. However, if you are in a high-risk group, are very sick, or worried about your illness, contact your health care provider. For further guidance, please see best-practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): “What do I do if I think I have the flu?”.

You may also be wondering how long you should stay at home if you have the flu. The CDC recommends waiting at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without medications that lower fever. The exception is if you need medical care.

Additional Resources

Visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Influenza site for the latest information and frequently asked questions regarding the 2022-2023 flu season.

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  • Last Modified: November 28, 2022
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