Cranbury, NJ, October 27, 2020 — AmeriHealth New Jersey is taking extra steps this year to advise those in the communities it serves to take proper precautions to prevent getting the flu and to stop the spread of the virus. Getting vaccinated can reduce the risk of flu infections and prevent medical visits, hospitalizations, and even death. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone six months and older.
“One of the most critical steps you can take in staying healthy this year is getting your flu vaccine,” said AmeriHealth New Jersey Senior Medical Director Dr. Frank Urbano, MBA, FACP. “The flu and COVID-19 may present in similar ways but are very different viruses. While research is underway, there is currently no vaccine for COVID-19, so it is more important than ever to stay up to date with the immunizations that are available to keep you healthy—and that includes your flu vaccine.”
AmeriHealth New Jersey is taking extra measures to help convey the importance of getting a flu shot this year. In addition to communicating directly to its members, the company created a comprehensive website providing detailed information on why everyone should get vaccinated this year.
Although most people get the flu vaccine between September and November, the flu season lasts through April, with most cases occurring between late December and early March. The flu vaccine can take up to two weeks to work, so it’s important to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Some groups of people are at-risk for more serious flu complications that require hospitalization, so it’s especially critical to get the vaccine if you or someone you love is:
- Under five years of age, especially those younger than two years old
- Over age 65
- Pregnant or up to two weeks postpartum
- Residing in a nursing home
- Native American
- Suffering from a health condition like asthma, chronic lung disease, diabetes, or heart disease
- Compromised immune systems, including people who might be receiving chemotherapy
AmeriHealth New Jersey members can get a flu vaccine at no cost by presenting their member ID card at a doctor’s office, a retail health clinic, or an in-network pharmacy. Any out-of-pocket costs will be reimbursed up to $50.
For more information about the dangers of flu and the benefits of vaccinations, visit www.cdc.gov/flu. AmeriHealth New Jersey members who are unsure about their benefits can call the Customer Service number of the back of their ID card.
About AmeriHealth New Jersey
For more than 25 years AmeriHealth New Jersey* has been dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of the people and communities we serve. Our members are at the center of everything we do. Since the onset of the Affordable Care Act, we have been committed to offering health plans on the Individual Marketplace, which has expanded access to coverage for New Jersey residents. We are exclusively focused on New Jersey with plans designed to meet the unique needs of individuals, small- and mid-sized businesses, municipalities and boards of education across the state. We also provide administrative services to self-funded groups. Named one of the Best Places to Work for the past nine years, AmeriHealth New Jersey is located in Cranbury, NJ. For more information visit amerihealthnj.com.
*AmeriHealth Insurance Company of New Jersey | AmeriHealth HMO, Inc.
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