Not too early for flu shots

Summer is barely over but it’s not too early for flu shots. Local provider Cigna Medical Group and Cigna Medical CareToday have received a supply of this season’s vaccine.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on average, 200,000 Americans are hospitalized and 36,000 Americans die from seasonal flu each year.

Courtesy Cooper University Hospital

This year, only one vaccine will be required for protection against both seasonal and H1N1 influenzas. The CDC recommends that anyone ages 6 months or older get a flu shot.

While there is no guaranteed method to prevent flu, you can reduce the risk with an annual vaccination. More on what to do to prevent the flu.

The CDC recommends the following simple precautions to help reduce the risks:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu–like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)

While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

A flu shot can be given to anyone who wants to avoid the flu. (What do you know about the flu? Take the Test your flu I.Q. quiz)

Seasonal flu shots through Cigna cost $27 for those who pay out-of-pocket. Some insurance plans do cover flu shots. Cigna plan participants are covered under the preventive care benefit or will pay the co-pay associated with their plan, which may be less than $27.

Cigna Medical Group and Cigna Medical Group CareToday offer flu shots to those with or without insurance. Find Cigna locations and Cigna CareToday hours of operation here.

Other flu shot locations around the Phoenix metro area:

CVS/Pharmacy

Doctors Express

NextCare Urgent Care

Walgreens

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