Blue Cross & Blue Shield of North Carolina is promoting Seasonal Flu Shots & H1N1 Vaccines to its customers. In a recent press release, BCBSNC stated they will cover the seasonal flu vaccine for all customers who have plans with Preventative Benefits. Those customers who have plans without Preventative Benefits may be charged a copayment, deductibe, or coinsurance. BCBSNC Customers are urged to review their Statement of Benefits, or contact Blue Cross & Blue Shield directly, to determine their individual benefits. In addition, BCBS of NC are urging its customers to get the seperate H1N1 Vaccine, and will waive the out-of-pocket costs for eligible customers.

BCBS of NC has decided to cover the H1N1 Vaccine based upon the guidance it has received from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices predicts H1N1 outbreaks to be widespread this fall and winter. BCBS of NC customers are urged to contact their primary physician, in-network pharmacist, or CVS Minute Clinic to get the H1N1 Vaccine.

The CDC projects more than 100 million doeses of seasonal flu vaccine will be available during this flu season. The US Government to have 6 to 7 million doeses of the H1N1 Vaccine available the first week of October and 250 Million doses by year end.

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