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Seasonal Flu Vaccination: More Important Than Ever

Sep 15, 2020
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With so much focus on COVID-19 precautions, the seasonal flu could escape many peoples’ minds. But health experts want everyone to pay more attention than ever to preventing influenza this year. And, early vaccination is your best defense.

In an August 4, 2020 report on National Public Radio, Mark Thompson, an epidemiologist in the Influenza Division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said, "No year is a good year to get the flu, but this year — with COVID-19 also raging — it's especially bad.” He noted that "People who can avoid the flu will help reduce the burden on a U.S. health care system already overwhelmed by COVID-19.”

Fortunately, the medical industry is taking many extra ounces of prevention by making millions more vaccine doses available this year, according to the CDC. Flu season can begin as early as October. It usually peaks between December and February, and can run as late as May. As with every year, everyone aged 6 months or older should get a flu vaccine in the early fall, and vaccinations are available into January or later.

All of Community Health Options plans cover the cost of a flu vaccine administered by your primary care provider (PCP) and your children’s pediatrician, for children age six (6) months or older. Most in-network pharmacies offer flu vaccines for adults and children age nine (9) or older. Call ahead to verify hours and availability. Parents with any questions about the flu vaccine and children can click here to read the CDC's guide.

Call your local pharmacy or PCP to schedule your vaccination today. If you have any concerns about visiting a medical facility during the pandemic, we encourage you to contact your provider’s office to discuss what COVID-19 safety protocols are in place. Your health, well-being, and safety are our priorities.

As always, we are here for your health benefit needs. Please contact Member Services at (855) 624-6463, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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We continue to expand our provider network. Below is a list of providers and practices newly contracted since July 1, 2019 that are now in-network participants.

 

 

DATE

NAME

LOCATION

7/1/2019

Bangor OB/GYN

Bangor

7/1/2019

Cornerstone Family Practice

Patten

7/1/2019

Benjamin Liess, ENT

Scarborough

7/1/2019

RFC Maine (Chiropractic)

Richmond

7/1/2019

Kris Sornberger Osteopathic Healthcare

Bangor

8/1/2019

Daniel Benson, DPM

South China

8/1/2019

Landry Osteopathic Healthcare

Auburn

10/1/2019

Turning Point Pediatric Therapy

Augusta

11/1/2019

Beata Welsh, ST

Lewiston

12/1/2019

Bene Esse (Internal Medicine group)

Biddeford

12/1/2019

Katherine Beveridge, OD

Bangor

12/1/2019

United Ambulance

Lewiston & Bridgton

1/1/2020

Advanced Eye Care

South Portland

1/1/2020

Bioventus

 

1/1/2020

Wellness for Women

Kennebunk

1/1/2020

Ann Giedd, NP, PLLC

Eaton Center, NH

1/1/2020

Harmony Osteopathic & Acupuncture

Skowhegan

2/1/2020

Caroline Bowman Nutrition

Cape Elizabeth

2/1/2020

Four Gates Integrative Health

Portland

2/1/2020

Integrative & Regenerative Medicine

Bangor

2/1/2020

Chandra Sasseville, DC

Lewiston

3/1/2020

Waterville Audiology

Waterville

2/1/2020

Inform Diagnostics (lab)

 

2/1/2020

Therapath Partners, LLC (Pathology group)

Maine Partnered