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Flu Shot Information for WellCare and HealthEase

October 27, 2008

WellCare and HealthEase
Flu Shot Program
FAQs 2008-2009

Q. What is different about the Flu Shot Program for the 2008-2009 season?
WellCare has partnered with Walgreens to allow members to be able to obtain a flu shot from a pharmacist that is licensed to administer the flu vaccine. WellCare will also be offering the Flu Shot Program in various clinic locations to allow their members more flexibility and greater opportunity to get their flu shot. There is a pharmacist licensed to administer the flu vaccine in each Walgreens pharmacy with the exception of stores in Louisiana (LA) and New York (NY). Members in these states will be able to have their flu shots administered by Maxim.

Q. How are WellCare's members being notified regarding the Flu Shot Program?
If the member is eligible for and participates in the WellCare OTC program, starting in September 2008, printed on the envelope that contains the OTC products is a number (1-866-WHI-FLU1) /( 1-866-944-3581) that will direct the member depending on their zip code to get locations where they could get their flu shot. In addition, WellCare is making available to the provider a (1) page flyer that will be distributed to the member regarding facts about the Flu Shot Program starting in October 2008.

Q. How are WellCare's providers being notified regarding the Flu Shot Program?
WellCare Health Plans will be conducting a fax blast to Medicare providers, Medicaid providers, and CHIP providers informing them on options available to WellCare members for receiving their flu shot this season. In addition, page one of the Fall 2008 WellCare and HealthEase Provider Newsletter, available for download on the WellCare website ( contains information for Providers on the Flu Shot Program for WellCare and HealthEase members.

Q. Who should be vaccinated?
In general, it is recommended that anyone who wants to reduce his or her chances of getting the flu should be vaccinated. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that these groups of people receive a flu vaccine:
• All children aged 6 months up to their 19th birthday
• Pregnant women
• People 50 years of age and older
• People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
• People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
• People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
-Health care workers
-Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
-Household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)

Q. Will WellCare provide flu shots in the community as they've done in the past years?
Yes, WellCare is working with our Pharmacy Benefit Manager, WH

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