Media Release
September 25, 2019
Contact: Koko Mackin
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama Expands Initiative to Further Improve Access to Primary Care Physicians and Advance Quality of Care for Alabamians
AUBURN, AL – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama (Blue Cross) is proud to announce an important initiative to further expand access to primary care physicians and improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare for our members and Alabamians.

According to the CDC, viruses circulate at higher levels in the United States during flu season. An annual flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances of getting the flu and spreading it to others. When more people get vaccinated, less flu spreads throughout the community.

For the 2017-2018 flu season, the CDC estimates:
  • Flu illnesses reached 49 million, more than the combined populations of Texas and Florida.
  • Flu hospitalizations totaled 960,000, more than the amount of staffed hospital beds in the U.S.
  • The number of flu deaths was approximately 79,000, more than the average number of people who attend the Super Bowl each year.
One person with the flu can infect other people one day before any symptoms develop, and up to about seven days after a person becomes sick. The virus can spread to others up to six feet away, mainly by microscopic droplets expelled into the air when people cough, sneeze or even talk.

The CDC also reports all Americans receiving a flu vaccine could dramatically reduce healthcare costs, along with the number of people infected with the flu. Research found annual direct flu costs, such as hospital stays, medications and doctor’s visits for adults, are an estimated $10.4 billion. The flu causes U.S. employees to miss approximately 17 million workdays at an estimated $7 billion a year in sick days and lost productivity.

To prevent the flu:
  • Get vaccinated
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • Wash hands
  • Stay home when you’re sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
Alabamians can get a flu shot by visiting their physician or local pharmacy. For more information, go to

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