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2020-21 Flu Shot Season

FIGHT the Flu By Going to Your Neighborhood Pharmacy!

Flu Shot ImageFight the flu this year! Get a flu shot to protect your health and to prevent the spread of flu to others.

Getting a flu shot this year is more important than ever. The more people who receive the flu shot, the higher our community immunity levels will be, and there will be less pressure on the healthcare system from seasonal flu and pneumonia. This will ensure available capacity to meet the needs placed on the healthcare system by COVID-19.

Flu shots are the best way to help prevent influenza, commonly known as flu. Although flu shots are no guarantee against getting sick, you can protect yourself against flu by getting a FREE flu shot at your local drug store.

NOTE ON COVID-19: This is an unusual flu season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) does not recommend that TLC groups conduct onsite flu shot clinics. Drive through or walk up clinics are options. If groups choose to offer onsite, walk up or drive through clinics, they must follow federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health guidelines for face coverings, social distancing, number of employees and other requirements. Please also see CDC guidance on administering vaccines during a pandemic: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pandemic-guidance/index.html.

Just show your TLC Key Advantage or TLC HDHP plan ID card to the participating pharmacist to get flu shots at no cost for you and covered family members. The TLC Key Advantage and TLC HDHP prescription drug programs are with Anthem Pharmacy, delivered by IngenioRx.

Follow these steps:

  1. Click on this spreadsheet to find participating pharmacies and other providers. Your pharmacy benefit for TLC Key Advantage and TLC HDHP is administered by Anthem/IngenioRx.
  2. If your retail drug store is shown as participating with your health plan, call them to verify that you may receive the flu shot at no cost and ask when this season's flu shots will be available.
  3. Once you have the information, go to the pharmacy and present your TLC Key Advantage or TLC HDHP health plan ID card.
  4. Get your flu shot at no charge. It is covered by your prescription drug benefit.

Remember these tips

  • Be sure to get your flu shot from the participating pharmacy and not from a third party vendor who may be holding a clinic at the store.
  • Check the link above for a list of local participating pharmacies and other providers. Your TLC group location may be working with a local pharmacy to provide free flu shots onsite. Be sure to ask about local schedules.
  • Kaiser Permanente HMO plan members  have access to free flu shots at participating Kaiser medical centers.
  • The Optima Health Vantage HMO covers the flu vaccine as a preventive care benefit at 100% when members go to a participating pharmacy. If members need assistance finding a location, they may contact the Optima Health Member services number on the back of their member ID card.

Questions and Answers

TLC Key Advantage and TLC HDHP Q&A

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