Flu Season is Upon Us
Public health officials are gearing up for an early and potentially long flu season this year. Influenza is a serious illness that can cause severe complications, even in healthy people. Some groups are more at risk than others, including people 65 years of age or older, very young children, pregnant women and those with certain medical conditions. Influenza activity usually starts to increase in late fall and peaks during the winter. Because it takes about two weeks to develop protection against the flu after being immunized, it’s important to get your flu shot early in the flu season.
How to Get Your Flu Shot
Employees and family members covered under Fermilab’s PPO plans may obtain flu shots from their primary care physician at no cost, provided the physician participates in the Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO network. No cost flu shots are also available to PPO participants at most network pharmacies. Show either your Blue Cross PPO or Express Scripts ID card. Employees covered by the Blue Advantage HMO should contact their medical group for information about obtaining a no cost flu shot. Some medical groups are hosting flu shot clinics now.
Fermilab is hosting an onsite flu shot event during our annual Benefits and Wellness Fair on October 30th in the Wilson Hall atrium from 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Only 250 flu shots will be available, and reservations are required. Instructions for reserving your spot are below:
Flu Shot Registration Instructions:
Registration closes 48 hours before the event.
How to Sign-Up Now:
- Go to: https://maximflu.bioiq.com
- Click the ‘Sign Up Now!’ button
- When prompted with the question: “Do you already have an existing BioIQ account?”
Click “No, this is my first time.”
Fill out demographic information. Create username and password
- When prompted, enter the invitation code: FermiFlu2019
- Choose your screening option: Flu Vaccination
- Select your preferred appointment location, date, and time
Maxim Health Systems powered by BioIQ will send an email notification confirming your account creation. Please contact the firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.