Don't Miss Out This Flu Season
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts encourages vaccinations ahead of peak flu season

BOSTON, Oct. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- You can miss a lot when suffering from the flu, a respiratory infection that can be life-threatening. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (Blue Cross) wants everyone to experience those important moments in life by getting a flu shot and staying healthy this flu season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that seasonal flu activity in the United States can begin as early as October, peak in January or February, and last through May.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts encourages vaccinations ahead of peak flu season.

To ensure members get the message, Blue Cross is kicking off a social media campaign that illustrates what you might miss during a bout with the flu – an opening night, the big game, or a critical time at work or school.

"We want all of our members to get a flu shot this year, but it's especially important that children under two, adults 65 and older, pregnant women, and those with chronic medical conditions get vaccinated," said Dr. Tom Hawkins, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts' medical director.

Blue Cross members can get vaccinated against the flu at no cost from participating network providers, including:

Primary care provider/nurse practitioner's/physician assistant's office

Specialist physician's office

Certified nurse-midwife's office

Limited Services Clinic, such as CVS MinuteClinic™

Urgent care center

Community health center

Home health care provider

Member's worksite (if administered by our company's vendor, Maxim)

Public access clinic sponsored by cities and towns

Outpatient department of a hospital

Members can also find a provider using the "Find a Doctor" tool on MyBlue. Members must bring their Blue Cross ID card with them at the time of service.  

In addition to getting vaccinated, follow these flu prevention tips:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water.
  • Use antiseptic hand gels that contain alcohol when soap and water are not available.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with the inside of the elbow or a tissue, not your hand.
  • Wipe down toys and shared surfaces like doorknobs frequently.
  • Stay home if you're sick.

Flu symptoms include: a fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Diarrhea and vomiting may also occur in some cases.

If you develop flu symptoms:

  • Avoid contact with others, get rest, stay hydrated, and seek treatment early.
  • Consult a doctor or the Blue Care LineSM , Blue Cross' free hotline, at 1(888) 247-BLUE (2583). Members can speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Take acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen sodium. Children and teenagers should stay away from aspirin. As always, check with your doctor to make sure these treatments are appropriate.

For more information on protecting yourself from the flu, visit or the CDC's website at Massachusetts residents looking for up-to-date flu information should call the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 1(617) 624-6000 or visit

About Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts 
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