Because flu virus types can change from season to season, to best protect you from getting the flu, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends you receive a seasonal flu vaccination each year.
If you see an SSM Health provider
Schedule your flu vaccination through MyChart.
If you see a non-SSM Health provider
Contact your primary care provider's office or get your vaccination at a pharmacy. See our list of retail pharmacies that provide vaccinations. If you receive pharmacy benefits through a carrier other than WellFirst Health — Provided by SSM Health Plan — be sure to confirm health coverage for any vaccine provided at your pharmacy. See our flu vaccination reimbursement form.
You can receive either the injectable flu vaccine or the FluMist vaccine. FluMist is given to you through a nasal spray. Both versions are covered benefits this year.
Visit cdc.gov/flu for the latest information on the seasonal flu—including, how to prevent, symptoms and diagnosis, and treatment.
In addition to the seasonal flu vaccine, we are offering a high-dose flu vaccine (Fluzone high-dose) specifically created for adults 65 and over to better protect this age group from seasonal influenza.
The primary way to avoid getting sick is to wash your hands often with soap and water, especially before eating. Hand sanitizers are also effective.
Many patients with flu-like symptoms do not need to visit their doctor. You should call your primary care provider if you are experiencing the following:
If you have the flu, isolate yourself from others over the next 2-4 days and drink plenty of clear fluids. You may want to take acetaminophen to help lower the fever.
If you are experiencing a fever along with a sore throat, cough, or runny nose, and you have a chronic health condition; please call your primary clinic.
Antiviral drugs can lesson symptoms and shorten the time you are sick by 1 or 2 days and prevent serious complications. These are prescription medications. If you are sick with the flu, contact your primary care provider promptly to see if these are an option.