Net Health Plan of Oregon reminds adults that vaccinations are
important preventive health measures not only for children, but also for
"Many people mistakenly believe that vaccinations are just for
children,” said Camille Cadran, Health Net wellness educator. "While
there is no debating the importance of childhood vaccinations, adults
should consult their doctors about vaccines to protect them from the
flu, pneumonia, tetanus and diphtheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B and
several other illnesses.”
With the approach of flu season, Health Net urges adults ages 50 and
above to follow the recommendation of the Advisory
Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and get a flu vaccine
every year. Younger adults should consult their doctors.
New this year is the ACIP recommendation that children 5 to 18 years old
get a flu vaccine.
Vaccinations are important, according to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention, because they prevent infectious
disease and protect those who come into contact with unvaccinated
individuals. Plus, vaccine-preventable diseases can result in doctor
visits, hospitalizations – even premature death.
"Another good health investment for adults ages 60 and above is the
zoster vaccine, which can protect against shingles,” said Cadran.
"People should talk to their doctors about whether it’s right for them
and can help them avoid what can be serious illness.”
Health Net commercial and Medicare Advantage members seeking information
on vaccines – or on any health topic – may contact Health Net’s Decision
Power program, which provides 24/7 access to health coaches who can
provide information to help them have in-depth conversations with their
physicians and make better-informed decisions about their health. Health
Net members may call Decision Power at 1-800-893-5597.
For individuals covered by Medicare plans, including Medicare Advantage
plans offered by private health insurers, vaccines – including the flu
vaccine – have $0 co-payments. To determine your plan’s co-payments,
check your Evidence of Coverage (EOC) or call your health plan.
To make it easy for Health Net members to get their flu vaccines, Health
Net is providing free vaccines to Medicare Advantage members in several
Oregon counties and in Clark County, Wash. Health Net will cover the
cost of flu shots for Health Net Medicare Advantage members at their
doctor’s office or at participating Costco, Safeway and
Albertsons/Sav-On stores. Health Net also will reimburse Health Net
Medicare Advantage members when they get a flu shot at alternate
locations, such as senior centers and health clinics.
About Health Net
Health Net, Inc. is among the nation’s largest publicly traded managed
health care companies. Its mission is to help people be healthy, secure
and comfortable. The company’s health plans and government contracts
subsidiaries provide health benefits to approximately 6.7 million
individuals across the country through group, individual, Medicare,
Medicaid and TRICARE and Veterans Affairs programs. Health Net’s
behavioral health subsidiary, MHN, provides mental health benefits to
approximately 7.0 million individuals in all 50 states. The company’s
subsidiaries also offer managed health care products related to
prescription drugs, and offer managed health care product coordination
for multi-region employers and administrative services for medical
groups and self-funded benefits programs.
For more information on Health Net, Inc., please visit the company’s Web
site at www.healthnet.com.
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