Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Did You Get Your Flu Shot Yet?



Each year, the flu is responsible for infecting millions, causing hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and resulting in thousands of deaths. In addition, the flu can be costly and result in missed time at work and school. A report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services indicates that parents spent between $300 and $400 in flu-related medical expenses for their children in 2012. In addition, parents reportedly missed between 11 and 73 days of work caring for children affected by the flu.

The flu can and does affect individuals of all ages. However, certain groups are more at risk than others:

  • Men and women 65 years of age and older.
  • Children younger than 5 years old are especially susceptible to the flu. Studies indicate that 2 year old children are at particular risk.
  • Those with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, AIDS and HIV put individuals at higher risk for complications of the flu.
  • Pregnant women.
Medical professionals agree that getting a flu vaccine is the most important step you can take to prevent the flu. The CDC recommends a flu vaccination for everyone 6 months of age and older. Unfortunately, many individuals don’t get their flu shots due to the cost.

In preparation for flu season, FamilyWize is working with Walgreens to help curtail this costly and potentially deadly virus by distributing thousands of free flu shot vouchers to individuals across the country. Visit the FamilyWize website for a list of event dates and locations.

Since the program’s inception in 2011, Walgreens, together with the U.S. Department of Health and Human services and organizations such as FamilyWize, has helped to distribute more than $40 million worth of flu shot vouchers. It’s just one of the ways FamilyWize has been helping families and communities stay healthy and save money for over ten years.

If you don’t already have a FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card, cards will be available at all of the flu shot events. While other cards may require registration or a membership fee, the FamilyWize Presscription Savings Card is free to use and may provide additional savings on medication costs. The FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card is accepted at more than 60,000 pharmacies nationwide.

FamilyWize and Walgreens are making it easier than ever to get your flu shot. So, don’t forget to protect yourself and your family from the flu this season by taking advantage of this opportunity!

Live Healthy. Live Smart.
-FamilyWize

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