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BCBSNC Promotes Seasonal Flu Shots and Waives Cost to Customers for H1N1 Vaccine
Date:10/5/2009

he seasonal and H1N1 vaccine will be covered.

BCBSNC's decision to cover the H1N1 vaccine is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which predicts widespread H1N1 outbreaks this fall and winter.

Once the H1N1 vaccine is available, BCBSNC customers may also go to their physician, in-network pharmacist or CVS Minute Clinic to get a covered H1N1 vaccine. Customers are advised to contact their provider to ensure the vaccine is available.

To be fully protected against the seasonal and H1N1 flu, people should get both vaccines. These may be given on the same day. The 2009 H1N1 vaccine will not replace the seasonal flu vaccine.

The (CDC) lists the following priority groups for getting the H1N1 vaccine:

 
  • Pregnant women
  • People who live with or provide care for infants less than 6 months of age
  • Health care and emergency medical services personnel
  • Children and young adults ages six months to 24 years
  • Adults ages 25 to 64 years with medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza-related complications
The CDC projects more than 100 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine will be available during this flu season. The U.S. government expects to have 6 million to 7 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine available the first week of October and 250 million doses by year end.

Severe flu can result in pneumonia and dehydration, and can cause complications for those with chronic illnesses. According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, every year, betw
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