It’s Time for Your Seasonal Flu Vaccine

This article pertains to seasonal influenza. There are currently no FDA approved vaccines available for the prevention of COVID-19.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2020–2021 to protect yourself, your family and your community from the flu. A flu vaccine this season can also help reduce the burden on our health care systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have concerns about getting the flu vaccine, you may find these answers to frequently asked questions helpful.

All STRS Ohio medical plans cover the flu vaccine, including the high-dose injection, as a preventive service at no cost to you. If your provider requires payment when you receive the flu vaccine, submit a claim form with a paid receipt to your plan and you will be reimbursed. Please visit your plan's website or call the toll-free customer service number on the back of your ID card to obtain a claim form.

For the 2020–2021 season, the nasal spray flu vaccine is approved for healthy non-pregnant individuals under age 50. People with certain medical conditions should not receive the nasal spray flu vaccine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist which option is right for you.

Medicare Enrollees

Please visit one of the following locations to receive the vaccine. Present your medical ID card at the time of service.

  • Your doctor’s office. Call your doctor first to make sure the vaccine you are seeking is in supply, particularly the high-dose vaccine.
  • A retail clinic, including some walk-in clinics at the pharmacy; however, you should call your plan in advance to verify participating locations.

Non-Medicare Enrollees

You can visit one of the following locations to receive the vaccine. Present the applicable ID card at the time of service.

  • Your doctor’s office. Call your doctor first to make sure the vaccine you are seeking is in supply, particularly the high-dose vaccine. Present your medical ID card.
  • A retail clinic, including some walk-in clinics at the pharmacy; however, you should call your plan in advance to verify participating locations. Present your medical ID card.
  • A pharmacy. Present your prescription ID card. (If you pay upfront, submit a claim to Express Scripts, not to your medical plan.)

More news and information for STRS Ohio Health Care Program participants is available in the Health Care News section of the STRS Ohio website. Enrollees are encouraged to check it regularly.