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Get a flu shot this fall

Keep you and your community healthy

Fall weather brings us indoors and closer together. While we start to think about cold-weather activities and future holiday plans, don’t forget to add your annual flu shot to your fall check list. Getting your flu shot can help you keep yourself and your family healthy this fall and winter.

get a flu shot this fallStaying healthy

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends these simple steps for staying healthy during flu season:

  • Don’t get too close to others who are sick
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water (use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water aren’t available)
  • Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay home when you feel sick
  • Use sanitizing wipes on shared surfaces
  • Cover your nose and mouth by coughing and sneezing into your elbow or a tissue

Flu symptoms

The CDC lists these symptoms for the flu:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills (not everyone with flu will have a fever)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle pain or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults

If you have any combination of these symptoms, talk to your doctor about treatment options. If you don’t have a doctor, you can find one using our Find Care tool on the member portal or member app. Make sure you are logged in to see doctors in your network.

Get your flu shot

You can get a flu shot at little or no cost to you when you go to an in-network doctor or pharmacy. Get your flu shot – it can help you avoid getting the flu or reduce the severity of symptoms if you do get it. By getting vaccinated, you can help keep your community healthy.

Get more facts with Sharecare

To find more information about the flu and other vaccines, use Sharecare. Blue Cross of Idaho members have access to Sharecare, an app to help you eat better, lower your stress levels and be more active! To get the app, visit to create your Sharecare account, download the app and take the RealAge® Test. Do not download the Sharecare app directly from the App Store or Google Play.


Disclaimer: This wellness program is administered by Sharecare, Inc., an independent company that provides health improvement management services to Blue Cross of Idaho members. Sharecare, Inc., does not provide Blue Cross of Idaho products or services and is solely responsible for the health improvement management services it provides.


Posted: August 24, 2022