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May 02, 2021

We are approaching the winter season and Bestmed would like to remind you that the annual influenza (flu) vaccine is available to all Bestmed members and dependants, and is funded from the Scheme’s preventative care benefit and not from your available day-to-day benefits or savings.

The vaccines and administration thereof are available from any Bestmed network pharmacy or Bestmed medical centre without a co-payment. There will be no additional funding for the administration of the vaccine, as many of the network pharmacies include this in the benefit amount allocated.

Please note that the Scheme will not be arranging onsite flu vaccines at employer groups in 2021 as we do not have contracted suppliers who will be able to do this.  All members will have to go to the pharmacies to have these done.

The flu vaccination is not indicated to prevent COVID-19 but it will help protect members from flu and, therefore, may help to avoid unnecessary doctor’s visits. This will limit your exposure to, and protect vulnerable individuals from, potentially more severe diseases. Please discuss any concerns you may have regarding the vaccines with your doctor, pharmacist, or clinic nurse.

COVID-19 is not an upper respiratory tract infection (URTI), like influenza, but rather a systemic disease that affects the entire body. The common cold, allergic rhinitis, asthma and influenza are common diseases, which may complicate the diagnosis of a COVID-19 infection. Therefore, it is imperative that you protect yourself against the flu by being vaccinated as soon as possible.

Please note that it is best to wait a few days or weeks between the administration of the flu vaccination and the COVID-19 vaccination.

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