Aetna (NYSE:AET) today announced that it has contracted with Maxim Health Systems for the fifth year in a row to administer influenza vaccinations (flu shots) to all members enrolled in its health benefit plans. In addition to receiving the vaccination from their physicians, Aetna members will have the option to get their flu shot at one of MaximÂ™s more than 25,000 sites in retail facilities and corporations, as well as other clinics across the country. The flu shot clinics will begin on October 1 and continue through mid-November 2008.
We want to make it as easy as possible for our members, especially those in the high risk groups for influenza, to take this important preventive step, said Troyen Brennan, M.D., AetnaÂ™s chief medical officer. These flu shot clinics allow our members and their families to find times and locations that are convenient for them.
To find a Maxim flu clinic, members can go to a website Maxim has set up (www.findaflushot.com) and enter their zip code and the distance they want to travel. They can also call a toll-free phone number (1-866-466-2976) to help locate a clinic or obtain information about the flu shots in either English or Spanish.
Aetna members also have the option of receiving flu shots at various other clinics:
2008 Vaccination Guidelines
There are several high-risk groups of people who are encouraged to get vaccinated. This includes:
In addition, anyone who lives with or cares for people at high risk for influenza-related complications should also receive a flu shot. More information about influenza is available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site at: www.cdc.gov/flu.
Payment Information and Coverage Details
Aetna members should bring their Aetna ID card with them when visiting a flu clinic, as these contracted providers accept Aetna insurance when members present their Aetna ID card. Most Aetna plans provide full coverage for flu vaccines, but members should consult their plan documents to determine their individual coverage. Members who do not present their Aetna ID cards will be asked to pay at the time the flu shot is given.
Maxim and VaxCare do not give the flu shot to children under 9 years of age, while age limitations vary for SUPERVALU Pharmacies.
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Ethan Slavin, 860-273-6095