News | Oct. 26, 2021

Are You Prepared for Flu Season? Let TRICARE Help

By TRICARE Communications

Flu season is here once again. Are you prepared? With the COVID-19 Delta variant continuing to spread and our health care system overburdened, it’s important for all of us to help combat the spread of flu. And the best way to do so is to get a flu shot.
 
“Getting the flu vaccine is about far more than just protecting yourself,” said Army Lt. Col. (Dr.) Christopher Ellison, deputy director of operations for the Defense Health Agency Immunization Healthcare Division. “Even healthy people have a responsibility to reduce the overall impact of respiratory diseases on the population, particularly the most vulnerable members.”
 
Who needs a flu shot?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. If you’re at higher risk of developing serious flu complications, it’s particularly important to get the vaccine. People at high risk for flu-related complications if they get sick include adults age 65 and over, people with underlying health conditions, pregnant women, infants, and young children. If you aren’t sure if you should get the flu vaccine, talk to your doctor.
 
Where can I get a flu shot?
TRICARE covers the flu vaccine. You can get a vaccine at no cost in three ways:

1. At a military hospital or clinic
You can get your flu shot at your local military hospital or clinic. The vaccine will continue to be available at military facilities through the entire flu season. Flu season usually runs from October through May. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February. Getting vaccinated now can lower your chances of getting the flu.
 
Did you schedule your COVID-19 vaccine through the Defense Health Agency Appointing Portal (DAP)? You can now use DAP to schedule your flu vaccine at a military hospital or clinic close to you.
 
2. At a participating TRICARE retail network pharmacy
If you get your flu vaccine at a TRICARE retail network pharmacy, the pharmacist must administer the vaccine for it to be covered by TRICARE. Search online or call 1-877-363-1303 to find a retail network pharmacy in the U.S. and most U.S. territories.
 
If you get your vaccine at a non-network pharmacy, you may have out-of-pocket expenses and need to file a claim for reimbursement. If you’re overseas, a non-network pharmacy may be your only option. Visit Pharmacy Claims for information on how you can file a claim. 
 
3. Using a TRICARE-authorized provider
You can go to a TRICARE-authorized provider at a participating network onsite clinic. If you go to your doctor for the vaccine, you’ll need to pay your copayment or cost-share for the office visit. If you get the flu vaccine administered by a TRICARE-authorized non-network provider, you may have to pay out-of-pocket expenses and need to file a claim for reimbursement. Be sure to follow the rules of your TRICARE plan. To find a TRICARE provider near you, use Find a Doctor to search the provider directory.
 
Remember, the flu vaccine can lower your risk for serious illness, hospitalization, or death from flu viruses. Once vaccinated, you should still remember to keep good health habits to reduce the spread of flu. These include:
  • Washing your hands frequently
  • Covering your cough or sneeze
  • Avoiding contact with your nose, eyes, or mouth
  • Avoiding people who are sick
  • Staying home if you have flu-like symptoms
 
Protect yourself and those around you by getting a flu vaccine. Take command of your health with TRICARE, and learn how you can get the flu vaccine.
Two kids playing outside

Recent Updates Provide More Help for New Autism ...

News
Nov. 02, 2021

Are you and your family new to the TRICARE Autism Care Demonstration (ACD)? If you are, you’ll experience...
Read More
Sandra Murray-Campbell, licensed practical nurse, administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Army Capt. Bryana Fournier , a registered nurse for the Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital emergency department at the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, Louisiana. DOD and CDC advise all pregnant people, those trying to get pregnant, or breastfeeding to get vaccinated against COVID-19 (Photo by: Jean Graves, Regional Health Command Central).

Pregnancy Health Alert: COVID-19 Vaccine is Stro...

News
Oct. 21, 2021

If you are pregnant, recently pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant in the future, you should get the...
Read More
TRICARE Nov. 4 Webinar

Register to Join Nov. 4 Webinar on TRICARE Open ...

News
Oct. 21, 2021

TRICARE Open Season is almost here. So, get ready. Starting Nov. 8, you have a chance to make changes to your...
Read More
Service member greets family

Are You Ready for Open Season? Don’t Forget to U...

News
Oct. 19, 2021

We’re less than a month away from TRICARE Open Season. That means it’s time to start thinking about your and...
Read More
Technician conducts an eye exam

Keeping Your Eyes Healthy With TRICARE

News
Oct. 14, 2021

Do you think you need glasses or contact lenses? If so, you aren’t alone. About 11 million Americans over age...
Read More
Get to Know TRICARE podcast

TRICARE Podcast Returns With Focus on TRICARE Fo...

News
Oct. 12, 2021

Are you ready to listen to a new season of “Get to Know TRICARE?” If so, we’ve got more episodes headed your...
Read More
Service members in line saluting

Q&A: TRICARE For Life Expert Discusses How You G...

News
Oct. 05, 2021

Oct. 1, 2021, marked the 20th anniversary of TRICARE For Life (TFL). Congress created TFL as...
Read More
Pfizer vaccines at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Sept. 9, 2021. Each Pfizer vial contains six doses for vaccination against the COVID-19 virus. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rebeckah Medeiros)

COVID-19 Booster Shots are Now Available – What ...

News
Sep. 30, 2021

Booster shots of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine are now available at military medical treatment facility...
Read More

Nov. 2, 2021

Recent Updates Provide More Help for New Autism Care Demonstration Enrollees

Are you and your family new to the TRICARE Autism Care Demonstration (ACD)? If you are, you’ll experience exciting improvements to the program. TRICARE is assigning an autism services navigator (ASN) to every ACD participant who entered the program on or after Oct. 1, 2021.

Oct. 26, 2021

Are You Prepared for Flu Season? Let TRICARE Help

Flu season is here once again. Are you prepared? With the COVID-19 Delta variant continuing to spread and our health care system overburdened, it’s important for all of us to help combat the spread of flu. And the best way to do so is to get a flu shot.

Oct. 21, 2021

Pregnancy Health Alert: COVID-19 Vaccine is Strongly Recommended

If you are pregnant, recently pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant in the future, you should get the COVID-19 vaccination, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised in a recent health advisory.

Oct. 21, 2021

Register to Join Nov. 4 Webinar on TRICARE Open Season

TRICARE Open Season is almost here. So, get ready. Starting Nov. 8, you have a chance to make changes to your TRICARE health plan for the upcoming plan year. If you have questions about open season, join the TRICARE webinar, “Making the Most of the TRICARE Open Season,” on Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. ET to learn about your coverage options for 2022.

Oct. 19, 2021

Are You Ready for Open Season? Don’t Forget to Update DEERS

We’re less than a month away from TRICARE Open Season. That means it’s time to start thinking about your and your family’s health care needs for next year. Are you planning to make changes to your TRICARE plan? Will you be enrolling in a new plan for the first time or staying in the plan you already have? Regardless of your situation, make sure you show up as eligible for TRICARE in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS).

Oct. 14, 2021

Keeping Your Eyes Healthy With TRICARE

Do you think you need glasses or contact lenses? If so, you aren’t alone. About 11 million Americans over age 12 need some form of vision correction, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of course, the best way to find out if you need vision correction is by seeing your eye doctor.

Oct. 12, 2021

TRICARE Podcast Returns With Focus on TRICARE For Life

Are you ready to listen to a new season of “Get to Know TRICARE?” If so, we’ve got more episodes headed your way. “Get to Know TRICARE” is a podcast we launched this year to help you learn more about your TRICARE benefit.

Oct. 5, 2021

Q&A: TRICARE For Life Expert Discusses How You Get Coverage

Oct. 1, 2021, marked the 20th anniversary of TRICARE For Life (TFL). Congress created TFL as Medicare-wraparound coverage in 2001 in order to extend TRICARE coverage to Medicare-eligible military retirees and their family members.

Sept. 30, 2021

COVID-19 Booster Shots are Now Available – What You Need to Know

Booster shots of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine are now available at military medical treatment facility and Department of Defense vaccination sites.

Sept. 29, 2021

TRICARE Pharmacy Copayments to Increase in 2022

Do you get your prescription drugs through TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or at a TRICARE retail network pharmacy? If so, you’ll pay anywhere from $1 to $8 more in copayments starting Jan. 1.

Learn More about COVID-19 and the COVID-19 Vaccine.