You can reduce your chance of getting the flu. Get vaccinated each flu season.
What vaccines are available?
The seasonal flu vaccine is available to Aetna members who have benefits that cover preventive services. The vaccine comes in two forms:
Adults need only one dose. Children under nine who have never had the flu vaccine should have two doses at least four weeks apart.
Where do I get the flu vaccine?
If you're an Aetna member
Get a flu vaccine from your doctor or one of our contracted flu vaccine providers.
Note: California HMO members must get the flu vaccine from their primary care doctor. Flu vaccines given by other providers are not covered. This does not apply to Medicare Advantage HMO members in California.
If you’re not an Aetna member
Check with your doctor. Or look around town. Pharmacies, retail stores and some employers offer flu vaccines.
Who should get the vaccines?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine. It is very important for people at higher risk to get the flu vaccine. This includes health care workers and caregivers of children younger than 6 months.
What should I do if I have flu symptoms?
Stay home and avoid contact with other people. (Except to get medical care, of course.) Flu symptoms include fever, muscle aches, chills, cough, sore throat, fatigue and headache.
When should I call my doctor about my flu?
Call a doctor if you have severe illness or are at high risk for flu complications due to any of these conditions:
Remember: Young children are at greater risk for complications from the flu. If you can’t get to your doctor or don’t have one, find an urgent care center.
Want to learn more about preventive care benefits? Call the toll-free number on your Aetna ID card.