Fall 2013 Flu Shot Clinics
The State Employee Health Plan is offering flu shot clinics statewide at no cost to employees enrolled in the health plan and their covered spouses. Appointments are necessary. You will also need your CAREMARK ID card to particpate and the Caremark ID# must be written on the top of your consent form. To save time, please complete a consent form and bring it with you to your appointment.
The 2013-2014 trivalent influenza vaccine is made from the following three viruses: an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus; an A(H3N2) virus antigenically like the cell-propagated prototype virus A/Victoria/361/2011; a B/Massachusetts/2/2012-like virus.
Seek approval from your supervisor if you need to take time off from work to attend.
- Ask your doctor if you have medical questions such as who should receive the shot.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
- Who is eligible for the State Employee Health Plan (SEHP) flu clinics?
Active employees and spouses covered under the State Employee Health Plan (SEHP) under age 65.
- Why are you limiting shots to those under age 65?
It is our understanding that a different flu shot is recommended for individuals over age 65. We will only be offering the product recommended for those under age 65. Those over age 65 will need to check with their health care provider regarding obtaining the recommended flu shot. If they and their health care provider are comfortable with the individual receiving the regular vaccine, they may get their flu shot at the onsite clinic.
- Are children eligible to get their flu shots at the SEHP clinic?
No. The clinics are for members and covered spouses only. Check with your physician or health plan for assistance in finding flu shots for children.
- Why are flu shots not being given at my work location?
We are not able to offer shots at every location where employees are located. Those members who are at a location where flu shot clinics are not offered have coverage under the SEHP for a flu shot as long as you use a network provider for your health plan. Please view our health plans’ information on where shots are covered. Please feel free to call the health plan customer service if you have questions about whether or not a provider is eligible under your health plan.
- Do I have to pre-register?
Pre-registration is recommended because our vendor needs to be able to estimate the amount of vaccine to bring to each location. Those with scheduled appointments will receive first priority. Flu shots will be administered to walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis, in between the scheduled appointments.
- If I am an active employee but not covered by the SEHP, can I get a flu shot and pay at the flu clinic?
No. Only those covered SEHP members may use the flu clinic. The vendor will not be set up to receive payments from non members.
- What do I need to bring to the flu clinic?
All members will need to bring their Caremark ID card to be eligible for a flu shot. You may also want to bring a pen, as you will need to complete a consent form at the event. To save time, you may print and complete the consent form in advance.
- Will the vaccine contain live virus?
No, the vaccine contains only deactivated virus cells, no live virus.
- Are retirees (enrolled in the SEHP) and covered spouses also eligible?
Flu shot clinics are open to retiree members covered under Plans A, B or C and that have a Caremark prescription drug card. Retirees that are covered by Medicare, need to contact their health plan about available coverage under Medicare.
- What strains are covered by the 2013-2014 flu vaccine?
Flu vaccines are designed to protect against three influenza viruses that experts predict will be the most common during the upcoming season. Three kinds of influenza viruses commonly circulate among people today: Influenza A (H1N1) viruses, influenza A (H3N2) viruses, and influenza B viruses. Each year, one flu virus of each kind is used to produce seasonal influenza vaccine.
The 2013-2014 trivalent influenza vaccine is made from the following three viruses:
- an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
- an A(H3N2) virus antigenically like the cell-propagated prototype virus A/Victoria/361/2011;
- a B/Massachusetts/2/2012-like virus.