There is no more important time than now for us to be involved in your care during the current COVID-19 pandemic. We need to take extra preventive measures and precautions during this time to avoid contracting this illness as there is currently no vaccine available to prevent the COVID-19 disease.
The flu vaccine won’t protect you against COVID-19, but it will protect you against flu. Since the flu season and COVID-19 are now overlapping, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in South Africa has recommended that everyone, in particular those who are at high-risk of developing severe flu and flu-related complications, receive a flu vaccination ahead of influenza season this year.
Who is at high risk for flu and its complications?
Members who are 65 years or older, pregnant or members who have one of these conditions:
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Chronic renal disease
Coronary artery disease
Diabetes (Types 1 and 2)
How Discovery Health Medical Scheme covers the flu vaccine
If you have a high risk of developing complications from flu and are registered on the Chronic Illness Benefit for one of the conditions listed above, you can get the cost of one seasonal flu vaccine paid from your Screening and Prevention Benefit every year. The cost of the flu vaccine will therefore not affect your Medical Savings Account (MSA).
If you are not considered to be at higher risk, Discovery Health Medical Scheme will pay the cost of the flu vaccine from the available funds in your MSA. If your plan does not have an MSA, if your MSA funds are used up, or if you have already reached your Annual Threshold, you will have to pay the cost yourself.
Frequently Asked Questions about the flu vaccination
Not all pharmacies charge for the administration of the flu vaccine. Please ask your pharmacist about this