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Flu Season Options

OVERVIEW

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported that they are seeing the most flu-related deaths we’ve seen at this point since tracking flu numbers 17 years ago. Most have been linked to influenza B – a strain young children are particularly susceptible to. But now, influenza A appears to be gaining momentum, upping the risk that this flu season will be even more severe than expected.

In total, there have been at least 9.7 million cases of the flu, at least 87,000 flu-related hospitalizations, and up to 12,000 deaths, according to the CDC. Forty-six states plus Puerto Rico are currently experiencing widespread flu activity. 

IF YOU’RE ALREADY EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS

LiveHealth Online can help you and your dependents in this flu-ravaged season.

If you or someone in your household is experiencing extreme symptoms, before you head off to Urgent Care or an ER where you’ll have hours of wait-time, exposure to everyone else’s ailments, and a potentially big bill, don’t forget LiveHealth Online. You can reach a doctor any time of the day or night, within minutes, by using LiveHealth Online. It’s only $20, and if it turns out you do need to go to an ER, there is no charge.

LiveHealth Online is simple to use. You can log in to their site with pretty much any Internet-connected computer, tablet, or phone. You will be provided with a list of available doctors, and after answering a few questions, will be connected to a session with a doctor licensed in your state.  

The doctor you interact with can check symptoms, prescribe drugs (if necessary), and has a list of nearby pharmacies should a prescription be warranted. By using LiveHealth Online you get the peace of mind that comes with knowing your medical situation; you can save money, time, and stress by avoiding the extensive waits and costs of a typical ER or Urgent Care Center, and all of this benefit for only $20. It’s one of the very few times when you can have faster, better, and cheaper!

Equally importantly, if the physician thinks you or your dependent’s condition warrants more serious treatment, they will refer you to an Urgent Care Center or ER. There is no $20 charge if it turns out more serious care is required.

LiveHealth Online can help you and your dependents in this flu-ravaged season. If you find yourself in need of medical attention, keep this option in mind.

WHAT ELSE YOU CAN DO

If you haven’t gotten a flu vaccination, it’s not too late, and the Health Plan will cover the cost. You can make an appointment with your primary care physician, or head over to the nearest chain drug store like CVS or Walgreens. If you have to pay in advance, the Health Plan will reimburse you in full.