Protect yourself and your family against the flu! | Texas Children's Health Plan

Protect yourself and your family against the flu!

This year it’s more important than ever to get your flu shot. During the COVID-19 pandemic, pandemic, it is important to protect yourself and your family by getting routine vaccinations. This can help prevent unnecessary medical visits and hospitalizations. While a vaccine for COVID-19 is still in the works, a shot already exists for the flu. You can protect your family from getting the flu by getting a flu shot. 


Getting a flu shot is safe and simple. The flu shot is a covered benefit for Texas Children’s Health Plan members! You can get the flu shot from your primary care provider (PCP). Texas Children’s Health Plan members age 7 and older can also get a flu shot at their local pharmacy.


To find out where you can get a flu shot, visit

Not Feeling Well?

Understanding your symptoms is important. Reference the table below as a guide. Reach out to your provider if you have any concerns.


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Slow onset of symptoms

No or mild fever

Mild tiredness

Normal appettite

Muscles are not achy

No chills

No headache

Cold Fact Sheet


Sudden onset of symptoms

High fever

Severe tiredness

Lower than normal appetite

Achy muscles



Flu Fact Sheet


High fever

Sore throat

Uncontrolled cough or shortness of breath that causes difficulty breathing

Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain

Severe headache

Loss of taste or smell



Did you know?

  • A flu shot is recommended for everyone 6 months or older, including kids, teens and pregnant women.
  • Kids get the flu at a higher rate than almost any other part of the population, which is why it is so important for them to get the flu shot.
  • The flu shot significantly reduces the risk of serious illnesses like pneumonia, hospitalization, and death due to the flu.
  • Kids with asthma or another chronic health condition are at a higher risk for serious flu-related complications. It is very important for these kids to get the flu shot as soon as possible so they don’t get sick in the first place.
  • The flu shot is inactivated, which means it doesn’t contain a live flu virus and can’t cause the flu.
  • Pregnant women can get a flu shot at any time during pregnancy.
  • The flu shot is safe for new moms and women who are breastfeeding.
  • It takes the flu shot about two weeks to help your body make antibodies to fight the flu virus. That is why it is important to get the flu shot as soon as possible.


Additional COVID-19 Information for Members

If you feel you or your loved ones have been exposed to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please do one of the following:


Call your Primary Care Provider directly



See an online provider now through Texas Children’s® Anywhere Care with a smartphone, tablet, or computer. The online visits are a covered benefit for Texas Children’s Health Plan members.


Call our 24-hour nurse help line at 1-800-686-3831 or TDD 1-800-735-2989



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