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Free flu shots available for Emory faculty, staff

The signs are up in the metro area and the season is here. It’s time for a flu shot, according to Emory Human Resources.  

The 2015-2016 vaccine will protect against three different flu virus strains: influenza A (H1N1) virus, influenza A (H3N2) virus, and influenza B virus.

In order to be protected against seasonal influenza, individuals must get a flu shot every year because flu viruses change every year, and the vaccine used to prevent them changes as well.

Emory faculty and staff, plus their covered dependents, who are on the Emory medical plan can receive a free flu vaccine at the following locations:

Local pharmacies: Emory employees and dependents on the medical plan can get a free flu shot at any pharmacy that accepts CVS/Caremark, the prescription drug plan, by presenting their CVS/Caremark card.

Doctors’ offices: Emory employees/dependents covered on the medical plan can also get a flu shot as part of a preventive exam at no charge for care within the Emory Health Network or in-network doctors only.

This year Emory is discontinuing the Kroger flu vouchers. Emory employees not on the Emory medical plan should contact their insurance provider for flu shot options. Flu shots are free under the Affordable Care Act.

Emory employees who work in an Emory Healthcare facility are required to receive the flu vaccination or complete a medical or religious exemption. Find out when the flu shot marathons are scheduled.

For answers to frequently asked questions about influenza, flu shots and the vaccine, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control flu website.   

Questions about flu shots can be answered by the Faculty Staff Assistance Program at 404-727-WELL.

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