Back to Top Skip to main content Skip to sub-navigation

Are You Prepared for Flu Season? Let TRICARE Help.

Image of A hospital corpsman administers an influenza vaccination to an airman as part of a seasonal shot exercise onboard Naval Air Station Sigonella. Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Peter Warren (right) administers an influenza vaccination to Air Force Airman First Class Zachery Mamon as part of a seasonal shot exercise onboard Naval Air Station Sigonella, October 29, 2020. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Triniti Lersch)

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness | Total Force Fitness

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.

You also may be interested in...

6200.05

Policy

Force Health Protection Quality Assurance (FHPQA) Program

  • Identification #: 6200.05
  • Date: 5/2/2018
  • Type: DHA Procedural Instruction
  • Topics: Health Readiness

DoD Instruction 6200.05: Force Health Protection Quality Assurance (FHPQA) Program

Policy

This issuance establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and defines requirements for the development and establishment of the FHPQA Program in accordance with the authority in DoD Directive (DoDD) 5124.02, Sections 731 and 738 of Public Law 108-375; Sections 1074f, 1092a, and 1073b of Title 10, United States Code; and DoDDs 6200.04 and 5136.13.

DoD Instruction 6490.13: Comprehensive Policy on Traumatic Brain Injury-Related Neurocognitive Assessments by the Military Services

Policy

This instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes standard elements, pursuant to section 722 of Public Law 111-383, requiring the implementation of a comprehensive neurocognitive assessment policy in the Military Services.

Embedded Fragment Analyses

Policy

Clarification of the Requirement for Continuation of Semi-Annual Reporting of Results of Embedded Fragment Analyses

Detecting and Reporting DoD Cases of Ebola Virus Disease Infection

Policy

Guidance as of 17 OCT 2014 from the Department of Defese (AFHSC)for Detecting and Reporting DoD Cases of Ebola Virus Disease Infection

Influenza Surveillance Program

Policy

Sentinel Sites for the 2014-2015 Influenza Surveillance Program

Deployment Limiting Mental Disorders and Psychotrophic Medications

Policy

Policy memorandum about Deployment Limiting Mental Disorders and Psychotrophic Medications

DoD Laboratories Participating in CDC Laboratory Response Network 03-213

Policy

Department of Defense (DoD) laboratories participating in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-sponsored Laboratory Response Network (LRN) do so with the approval and support of their respective Military Department Surgeons General.

  • Identification #: 03-213
  • Date: 3/26/2013
  • Type: Memorandums
  • Topics: Health Readiness

Medical Planning and Programming Lexicon

Policy

DoD Instruction Number 6490.11: DoD Policy Guidance for Management of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion in the Deployed Setting

Policy

This instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures on the management of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), also known as concussion, in the deployed setting.

Access to Medical Services Who were Exposed to Rabies in Combat Theater

Policy

U.S. Navy/U.S. Marine Corps COSC Policy Update

Policy

Mental Health Assessments for Members of the Armed Forces Deployed in Connection with a Contingency Operation

Policy

CJCSI 3137.01D The Functional Capabilities Board (FCB)

Policy

Updated Changes to Health Affairs' Policy on Dental Readiness within the Services

Policy
  • Identification #: 07-017
  • Date: 8/28/2007
  • Type: Memorandums
  • Topics: Health Readiness
<< < 1 2 > >> 
Showing results 1 - 15 Page 1 of 2
Refine your search
Last Updated: February 09, 2022

DHA Address: 7700 Arlington Boulevard | Suite 5101 | Falls Church, VA | 22042-5101

Some documents are presented in Portable Document Format (PDF). A PDF reader is required for viewing. Download a PDF Reader or learn more about PDFs.