OPM and HHS have issued their annual joint memo urging federal employees and their family members to get the annual flu shot, stressing that for those enrolled in the FEHB, those shots come “at little to no cost” and that it is “especially important for those at greatest risk for complications from influenza such as young children, pregnant women, people 65 and older, and those with certain medical conditions to be immunized.”

“Most FEHB plans cover flu vaccines at pharmacies, retail stores, doctor’s offices, and clinics, and charge no co-pay when using in-network providers. Your workplace may also offer flu vaccines onsite,” it says.

In addition, it advises, “Ask your health care professional about other recommended vaccines. In addition to influenza, you can protect yourself against a number of other vaccine-preventable diseases such as shingles, pneumococcal disease, and whooping cough.”