Arm yourself against the flu.

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. In high-risk groups, it can be deadly. The best way to prevent the flu is with a flu shot.

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine every year by the end of October. But as long as flu viruses are circulating, you can be vaccinated in January or later.

Who is at the highest risk of getting the flu? Young children. Pregnant women. People with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart and lung disease. And people 65 years and older.

Blue KC will pay 100 percent of the allowable charge if you receive your flu shot from an in-network provider. With flu season upon us, Blue KC encourages you to take steps to protect yourself. And if you have any questions, have a conversation with your doctor.