BOSTON, November 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As the holiday season approaches and AAA forecasts many vacation trips, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MassachusettsInc. (Blue Cross) is urging everyone to get their flu vaccines and COVID-19 booster shots.

“The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to get the flu shot,” said Dr. tom hawkinSenior Medical Director, Population Health and Analytics at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. “This is the earliest start of the flu season we’ve seen in years, and the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control is already showing a sharp rise in influenza. For people who go on vacation, the chance of spreading the flu is extremely high.”

The Health Plan’s Stop the Flu Starts with You campaign is underway, reminding members and the public that the flu vaccine is safe, effective, readily available and free to most insured individuals.

For Blue Cross members, social media messages and email provide access to up-to-date and relevant information on the health plan’s flu resource page. Members can access tools to help them find a flu vaccine provider, videos and articles on flu and flu prevention, as well as other helpful health resources and links to in-depth reports on the virus published by Coverage, Blue Cross’s award-winning audience. be published news site.

dr Hawkins is joining public health experts across the country in encouraging people to also get vaccinated against COVID-19 if they haven’t already, or get the latest booster shot that protects against the latest variants of COVID. The flu and COVID vaccines can be safely given in the same doctor’s visit and have been shown to reduce the severity of the disease. Both the flu and COVID-19 can lead to serious illness, hospitalization and even death, particularly in people aged 65 and over with weakened immune systems or certain medical conditions such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes.

Complicating this cold and flu season is an increase in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) cases. It usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms but can be severe, especially for infants and older adults.

There is no vaccine against RSV, which is another reason doctors recommend vaccination against the flu and COVID-19. Vaccination drastically reduces the risk of contracting the flu and/or COVID-19 while contracting RSV.

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