Flu Shot and Vaccine Information

Get a flu shot... because you’re covered!

Visit a participating provider or pharmacy to receive a flu vaccination at no cost to you. Flu vaccines are designed to protect against the influenza viruses that are expected to be the most common during the upcoming season.

At Your Pharmacy

 

A seasonal flu shot is covered. (Note: Mist vaccine is not covered for the 2017-2018 flu season.)  Many, but not all, of the pharmacies at the following chains participate: Albertsons, Bi-Mart, Costco, Fred Meyer, Haggen, Hi School, Kmart, Kroger, QFC, Rite Aid, Rosauers, Safeway, Shopko, Smiths, Target, Walgreens, and affiliated chains. Many other pharmacies participate in the CVS Caremark’s flu clinic network as well.

Find or Confirm a Participating Pharmacy: To determine if a pharmacy is part of our flu shot pharmacy network, please refer to our Pharmacy Network Directory (updated June 2017). The directory lists pharmacies we contract with for flu shot clinics for Idaho, Montana, and Oregon. (A list of pharmacies in other states is available upon request.) The lists are sorted alphabetically by city and pharmacy name. Please confirm your pharmacy participates prior to receiving your vaccination. Remember to show your PacificSource member ID card!  

Note: For the best benefit and least out-of-pocket expense, visit a participating CVS Caremark vaccine clinic network pharmacy. If your pharmacy is not a member of the vaccine network (CVS Caremark’s vaccine clinic network), you may need to pay additional for the vaccine based on your plan’s deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance.

At Your County Health Department 

 

Your local county health department office may offer flu vaccinations. A seasonal flu shot or high-dose flu shot is covered. (Note: Mist vaccine is not covered for the 2017-2018 flu season.) Remember to show your PacificSource member ID card!

Note: For the best benefit and least out-of-pocket expense, visit a PacificSource participating provider (a member of our provider network). If your doctor is not a member of our provider network, you may need to pay additional for the vaccine based on your plan’s deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance.

At Your Doctor's Office

 

A seasonal flu shot or high-dose flu shot is covered. Remember to show your PacificSource member ID card!

Note: For the best benefit and least out-of-pocket expense, visit a PacificSource participating provider (a member of our provider network). If your doctor is not a member of our provider network, you may need to pay additional for the vaccine based on your plan’s deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance.

At a Workplace Flu Shot Clinic

 

Your employer may also host workplace flu shot clinics for their covered members using PacificSource-contracted Employer Flu Vaccination Clinic Participating Providers (PDF version) (updated September 1, 2016). Please see your employer for details. 

Employer Information

Are there posters and fliers for my workplace?

 

We have flu shot campaign posters, payroll stuffers, and table tents.

2017-18 Poster (picture to come)

2016 Flu Shot Poster

Are you hosting a flu shot clinic at your workplace? We have a poster and flier to help you promote your flu shot clinic.

 
 

Can an employer host a flu vaccine clinic?

 

If employers have a PacificSource medical plan, they can host an on-site flu vaccine clinic for covered employees, regardless of the company size.

  • One vaccine per member per flu season is covered. The high dose vaccine is not available at these clinics.
  • Employers can arrange for flu vaccine clinics by contacting one of our participating flu vaccine clinic vendors directly—there’s no need for employers to submit a PacificSource Flu Shot Clinic form. Please see our list of contracted Employer Flu Vaccination Clinic Participating Providers (PDF version) (updated September 1, 2016). 

Please note, the employer must use a vendor that has a current agreement with us to provide this service; no other vendors will be reimbursed. 

General Flu Information

Where can I get more information about the flu?

 

There are other online resources available to you:

 

Is the flu vaccine a shot or is it available in other forms?

 

Seasonal flu vaccine has previously been available as both a nasal mist and as an injection. However, only the injection is covered for the 2017-2018 flu season. Health officials recommend that pregnant women, children younger than two, and people with asthma and other chronic respiratory diseases receive the injectable vaccine.

How long is someone contagious before symptoms start?

 

An individual is contagious one to two days before symptoms start.

How long can an infected person spread the flu virus to others?

 

People infected with seasonal flu may be able to infect others from one day before getting sick to five to seven days after. This infectious period can be longer with some people, especially children and people with weakened immune systems.

How long does it take for the vaccine to work?

 

After vaccination, most people are immune within 8 to 10 days.

InTouch for Members

Whooping Cough News

Cases of whooping cough (pertussis) are on the rise. The best way to prevent pertussis is to get a vaccination. However, you may be surprised to learn that the vaccination wears off over time. Preteen children and adults may need a booster, and your PacificSource coverage makes it easy to get one.

Pertussis Vaccine is Covered Under Your Medical Plan
All PacificSource medical plans have pertussis vaccine coverage under your medical plan's immunization benefit. Check your plan's specific benefit, but the vaccine is covered by most plans at little or no cost to members. DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis) is covered for children under age 7, and Tdap (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis) booster is covered for children ages 11 to 18 and adults ages 19 to 64.

Last updated 10/27/2017