Does Kaiser Cover Flu Shots?
- Influenza vaccines can help prevent infection and transmission of circulating seasonal flu viruses, and Kaiser may help cover vaccination costs. Learn more.
Flu vaccines offer protection against up to four different strains of influenza, and they may help reduce the chance of severe illness and/or hospitalizations. Influenza vaccines are typically recommended for individuals aged 6 months and older, and many insurance carriers offer coverage for the vaccines at no cost during annual flu seasons.
Because Original Medicare (Medicare Part A and Part B) covers one flu shot per year, Kaiser Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) plans also cover at least one flu shot per year.
Medicare Advantage plans combine your Part A and Part B benefits into a single plan, and most Kaiser Medicare Advantage plans include extra benefits Original Medicare doesn't cover, such as dental, hearing, vision and prescription drugs.
Compare Kaiser Medicare Advantage plans available where you live to find a plan that covers flu shots as well as other vaccines and extra benefits such as over-the-counter health products.
When Does Kaiser Permanente Medicare Cover Flu Shots?
Kaiser typically covers flu shots for all eligible plan members throughout each flu season. Older adults age 65 and over may also be eligible for high-dose flu vaccines at no additional cost.
During flu season, members can receive flu vaccinations at their physician's offices or designated Kaiser locations.
What Is Kaiser Permanente's Vaccine Hotline?
Kaiser Permanente's vaccine hotline is a telephone number that both members and non-members can call to receive updated information on annual flu vaccines. Vaccine information is generally available on the hotline throughout each flu season.
Can Someone Still Catch the Flu After Receiving a Flu Shot?
It is still possible to catch influenza after receiving a flu shot. In some cases, the flu strains in the vaccines don't match with the circulating flu viruses in certain communities. Individuals with weakened immune systems may have an increased risk of catching the flu, even when vaccinated. Additionally, some people may receive the flu vaccine too early, which can lead to decreased effectiveness when actually exposed to the virus. While catching the flu when vaccinated is a possibility, receiving a flu vaccine may help decrease the chances of someone becoming seriously ill or transmitting the virus to others.
When Is The Best Time to Receive a Flu Shot?
Per the CDC, the best time to get a flu shot is between September and October. However, flu season tends to peak in February and can last through May, so individuals can receive flu vaccines as late as November if necessary. Because protection can dissipate over time, early vaccination in July or August isn't generally recommended for individuals aged 65 or older.
Is It Safe to Get a Flu Shot at the Same Time as a COVID-19 Vaccine?
It is generally considered safe to receive influenza and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time, including COVID-19 booster shots. However, because both vaccines can cause mild side effects, such as tiredness, headaches and low-grade fevers, it may be a good idea to schedule the shots a few days apart to minimize discomfort.