Another Obamacare advantage: Free Flu Shots (and there's even an Ebola connection)
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When you think of the flu, the cost of getting sick probably isn’t the first thing that jumps to mind. But coming down with the virus can prove pricey.
A visit to the doctor’s office can run $80 to $100—or more. If you need to head to the ER on a night or weekend for care, the tab can easily total $500.
...The good news is that you probably don’t have to pay a penny for the best defense against the flu. Under Obamacare, a flu shot is free as long as you have health insurance (though plans that were in place before the law passed in 2010, known as grandfathered policies, are exempt). It’s one of the preventive services that insurers must fully cover without charging you a co-pay or co-insurance—even if you haven’t met your annual deductible yet. Under Medicare, you also pay nothing.
Symptoms for early stages of the Ebola virus, are very similar to another disease America is very familiar with, the flu.
This year, health experts are urging people to get vaccinated to eliminate confusion.
"It often presents in the same way with fever, cough, runny nose, achy, but that's in the very early stages of Ebola" said Dr. David Harvey at the Georgia Department of Health.
He says people with these symptoms could panic, thinking they have Ebola. They're more likely to have the flu.
Getting the flu vaccine will not prevent Ebola, but it would help physicians diagnose true Ebola cases.