What do I need to know about flu and pneumonia shots?

Who is this for?

People who have a Medicare Advantage plan through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Did you know that if you're 65 or older, you're more likely to develop serious complications from the flu and pneumonia

Getting vaccines to prevent these illnesses has always been important. But it’s even more important now. While there's no vaccine for COVID-19, vaccines are available for the flu and pneumonia.

Learn how you can make your flu shot count:

You might also want to know the symptoms of the flu versus COVID-19.

Your shots are covered

If you’re a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Medicare Advantage member, both your flu and pneumonia vaccines are covered at no cost to you with your plan.

When to get your shots

The best time to get your flu and pneumonia shots is any time after July 1 each year. This is because flu season typically begins in the fall. Peak months for the flu season in Michigan are November, December, January, February, March and April.

The flu spreads quickly during those peak months. So, getting vaccinated early is important, because it gives your body a chance to protect itself.

Where to get your shots

You can get your flu and pneumonia shots at the following locations:

  • Your doctor’s office. Call your primary care physician and make an appointment. Your office visit copay may apply for the visit, but the shots will come at no cost.
  • A pharmacy. Call your local pharmacy before you go to make sure they offer flu and pneumonia shots. You’ll also want to make sure that the pharmacy accepts your Medicare plan. Our pharmacy directory can help you find a location, too.
  • A community health center. You can check with your local health department to see if there are community health centers that offer these shots and accept your Medicare plan.

How to get reimbursed

Even though we cover your flu or pneumonia shots, occasionally members are asked to pay out of pocket first.

If you paid for your flu or pneumonia shot, keep your receipt and fill out the Flu and Pneumonia Shots Reimbursement Form (PDF).

Need more information?

Read the facts straight from the source. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, provides valuable information and guidance for the flu. You can read about symptoms, find out who's most at risk and even track where flu activity is the highest.