It’s time to get your flu vaccine

Senior patient receiving her vaccine

Make sure you and your family are ready for flu season! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting your annual flu vaccine to help protect against infection by influenza virus and keep your immune system strong.

According to the CDC, the flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness by between 40% and 60% among the overall population, so it is recommended that all age groups 6 months and older receive a flu vaccine each year. It is best to get the flu vaccine by the end of October as flu season typically peaks from December to February.

Where can I get the flu vaccine?

Your TRICARE benefit offers multiple options for you and your covered family members to get vaccinated.

Retail pharmacies. Find a local, in-network pharmacy using our online tool here. Copayments may apply at certain pharmacy clinics[i].

Military immunization clinic. Find a military hospital or clinic that offers vaccinations.

Civilian and TRICARE-authorized providers. Contact your doctor or see a TRICARE-authorized provider at a participating network clinic. If you choose one of these options, you may have a copayment or cost-share for the office visit or for other services received during the office visit.

How much does it cost to get the vaccine?

Your annual flu vaccine is free when given by a pharmacist at a participating in-network pharmacy[ii]. You may also receive your flu vaccine free at a military hospital or clinic. You may have a copayment for visiting your doctor’s office or if you receive your flu vaccine at a health clinic inside of a pharmacy.

To learn more visit the Vaccine Resource Center.

[i] E.g. CVS Minute Clinic.

[ii] Copayments may apply at certain pharmacy clinics.

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