As Always…Get Your Flu Shot!

Wayne Salverda  •   September 29, 2021

September marks the beginning of this year’s flu season. Retail pharmacies began receiving inventory for it in middle to late August. In today’s world, where every newspaper headline and media bit read the latest on COVID-19 deaths, new strains of the virus, and vaccine eligibility, it’s easy to lose track of the importance of protecting yourself against influenza. It’s also important to understand and recognize the different symptoms of allergies, flu, and COVID-19. Allergies typically come with sneezing, watery eyes, and a stuffy nose. The flu comes with a fever, cough, aches, chills, and fatigue. Symptoms of COVID-19 often include fevers, shortness of breath, cough, aches and loss of smell or taste.1

Why Should I Get a Flu Shot This Year?

While getting the flu shot is not guaranteed to prevent the flu, the illness will be less serious if you do contract it. That reduces hospitalizations, which is critical in today’s climate where some hospitals have become overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients and lack the necessary resources to provide appropriate care. Some health care facilities are still recovering from when the pandemic initially hit and are currently trying to contain the COVID-19 delta variant, which could make the impact of the upcoming flu season even more deadly.

2019-2020 Flu Season Statistics

38 million flu illnesses

18 million flu-related medical visits

400,000 hospitalizations

22,000 flu-related deaths2

Who Should Get the Flu Shot?

Everyone six months and older is strongly advised to get the flu shot, especially this year. During the 2019-2020 flu season, only 51% of Americans received the vaccination3, a figure that may go up this season due to the current viral threat. With more than 666,000 Americans4 having succumbed to COVID-19 since the first U.S. death was reported in February 2020, it’s not easy to dismiss the threat of a virus, which should motivate people to help lessen the strain on health care systems.

Get Started with the CVS Health Vaccination Program

Getting a flu shot is safe, convenient, and typically cost-effective with the CVS Health Vaccination Program. Members can access a range of vaccinations across the national network of retail pharmacies, or exclusively use CVS Pharmacy locations for even higher cost savings. Coverage for your participants under the pharmacy benefit is easily added and is more cost-effective than the medical benefit. If you have any questions or would like to implement the CVS Health Vaccination Program, contact your National CooperativeRx account manager. And remember, always wash your hands!