TRICARE Flu Resources
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. The flu can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu spreads through coughing, sneezing and personal contact. >>Learn more about the flu.
Preventing the Flu
Getting vaccinated every year is the best way to prevent the flu. But you can also take steps daily to stop the flu:
- Wash your hands with warm soap and water
- Use a hand sanitizer if you can't wash your hands
- Avoid contact with your nose and mouth if you're sneezing
- Stay home if you're sick
- Avoid contact with others who may have the flu
>>Learn more about preventing the flu.
We recommend all beneficiaries get vaccinated. But if infected, some people are at a higher risk for serious illness. Two forms of the flu vaccine are distributed in the U.S., and both are covered by TRICARE:
- An injectable, inactivated vaccine that contains a killed virus
- Recommended for all age groups 6 months to 64 years
- High dose version available for those aged 65 years and older
- An intranasal spray made with live, weakened virus
- Limited to those between the ages of 2 and 49 years
- Not for pregnant women
You can get the flu vaccine at no cost from any of the following locations:
For all locations, call ahead for the days and times the flu vaccine is available and the age range served.
If visiting a participating network pharmacy, call the pharmacy first to ask:
- What days and times is the flu vaccine available?
- Do they have the vaccine you need?
- Does a pharmacist administer the vaccines and not a provider from an in-pharmacy clinic? (to avoid potential cost shares or copayments)
- Are there any restrictions, including for children?
If your state has a restriction, consider visiting a military hospitals or clinic, or have your primary care physician administer the vaccine to your child.
Active Duty & Guard/Reserve Members
You are required to get the flu vaccine. You have priority for getting the vaccine at military hospitals and clinics, but you can also get the vaccine at participating network pharmaies. When received at a network pharmacy, follow your Service policy guidance for recording the vaccine in your shot record. You'll need the following information from the network pharmacy:
- The date the vaccine was given
- The vaccine name or code
- Lot number