It’s Not Too Late to Get a Flu Vaccine

Military families have many options for the flu vaccination and eligible TRICARE beneficiaries can receive a flu vaccine for free. Visit TRICARE’s main flu website for general information.  According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some areas of the county may have peaked for the height of flu season, while other parts of the country are still on the upswing.

TRICARE beneficiaries have several options to find a flu vaccination. They can go to their TRICARE Primary Care Manager (PCM), their local Military Treatment Facility (MTF), or a local TRICARE retail network pharmacy to receive the flu vaccine. Remember, Walgreens is NO longer considered a TRICARE retail network pharmacy! TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) recommends beneficiaries call before going to get the flu vaccine to make sure the vaccine is available. It is important to talk to your PCM about whether or not you should get the vaccine. It is important to note that your PCM may charge you a copayment(s) or cost-shares for the office visit or for other services received during your visit. 

There are three types of seasonal flu vaccines available to TRICARE beneficiaries: 

  • an injectable form that can be used for all ages from 6-months to older; 
  • an intranasal spray that can be given to beneficiaries between the ages of 2 and 49 years old; and  
  • Fluzone High-Dose is a shot for people 65 years and older

(Source: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/ and http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/summary.htm)

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