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Third Quarter 2011

 
 
 
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Protect Yourself and Those Around You

Remind your employees to schedule their flu shot today

While flu season doesn’t kick into high gear for another couple of months, it’s not too early to remind your employees to plan for an annual flu shot.

The flu is a contagious illness caused by influenza (flu) viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness and even death. Some people are at higher risk for serious flu complications. So, the best way to prevent getting the flu is to get a flu shot every year.

Flu shots don’t cause the flu
But they can help fight the flu. Every year there is a different strain of flu, so every year your employees need to get a flu shot.

Who should you get a flu shot this season?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six months and older get a flu shot. If your employees have questions about whether or not they should get one, they should speak with their doctor.

Simple everyday actions can help prevent the spread of the flu

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Think of germs spreading like wet paint on your hands. Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Take care of yourself. Get plenty of sleep, exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy foods.

Remind your enrolled employees that they can schedule their annual physical at the same time as their flu shot. CoverTN pays 100 percent of the cost for physicals and certain other preventive services. Preventive benefits do not count toward CoverTN’s annual limits. Flu shots are available for a regular doctor copay in the event a member has already had a physical this year. Members can find out more about CoverTN’s benefits by calling Member Services at 1-888-887-3224. They may also call this number for help with finding a doctor or making an appointment.

Everyone needs protection. So, encourage your enrolled employees to call their doctor today to schedule an appointment for their annual flu shot!

Sources:Flu.gov website: www.flu.gov/news/blogs/blog20100222.html
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: www.cdc.gov/flu.

 

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