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Protect your health and the health of those around you, get a flu shot starting in October!

Where you get your flu shot affects your out-of-pocket cost and the cost to the State Plan!

$ - Least expensive
Montana Health Center Clinics - no cost to you, much less expensive for the State Plan.  See the two options below!
$$ - Best option for those who can't attend the Montana Health Center Off-site clinics: Participating pharmacy.  No additional cost to you more expensive for the State Plan.  To find a participating pharmacy in your area, please contact Navitus, our pharmacy plan administrator.
$$$ Your regular provider - You pay a $25 office visit copay, most expensive for the Plan.  The Plan pays for your visit and the shot.  This option can cost the Plan over $100!  
$$$$ Non-participating pharmacy - You pay the full cost of the flu shot.  

$ Montana Health Center Flu Shots - Two Ways!
Starting in October, we will be offering flu shot clinics at off-site locations in Helena, Butte, Billings, and Missoula.  The purpose behind this is to limit potential exposure to COVID-19 by having healthy plan members attend flu shot clinics outside of the health centers while providing a more streamlined process for getting a flu shot.
Of course, if you have an in-person visit scheduled at a health center, please ask to receive your flu shot during your medical appointment, health screening, or other in-person visit. 

Remember, it is most effective to get the flu shot in early October unless your doctor specifically recommends otherwise.  If you have a special circumstance that requires you to get the flu shot earlier than the beginning of October, please contact CareHere for more information.  

1. Off-site Flu Shot Clinics

  • Simple, safe, and easy.  The State Plan and CareHere are offering off-site flu shot clinics in health center areas to decrease potential exposure to COVID-19 and allow members to receive their flu shot in a more streamlined manner.  See the list below.
  • Starting October 5 (while supplies last).
  • See list below for times and locations. 
  • For State Plan members 4 years +
  • If you are in Helena and want to combine a flu shot at an off-site clinic and a health screening, you can do that during the week of October 19 or October 26.  Please contact CareHere for more information.
  • Appointments are required!  Appointments are not yet available, but will be opened soon. See below for instructions.

OR

2. Montana Health Centers

  • Ask for a flu shot when checking in for a scheduled Montana Health Center appointment (including a health screening).  
  • Please do NOT schedule an appointment at the health center if you only need a flu shot. Attend an off-site clinic.
  • For State Plan members 4 years +
  • Appointments are required!*  Appointments are not yet available, but will be opened soon. See below for instructions.

Appointments are Required!*

January-May
To make an appointment at a Montana Health Center, you must call (855) 200-6822 to check availability and to schedule your appointment.

October-December

  1. Log into www.carehere.com 
  2. Click “Appointments” on the left hand menu
  3. Select “Schedule Appointment” under “Nurse & Labs”
  4. Click on “What” and then “Flu Shot”
  5. Select the “Off-Site Flu Shot Clinic” of your choice. Please do not schedule an appointment with a provider at the health center if you just need a flu shot.*
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete your appointment.   

If you have an appointment already scheduled at the Montana Health Center for other medical needs (including a health screening), you may also ask for a flu shot when checking in for that service.  Do NOT schedule an appointment for a flu shot with a medical provider unless you have other medical needs that you need to see a provider for.

  ADDRESS ROOM DATE/TIME DATE/TIME
 

HELENA
State Library
215 N. Sanders St.
 

Downstairs Meeting Room      Monday 10/5

8AM–12:00PM
1:00–6:00PM

Weekdays
10/6 - 11/30* **
*Except 10/7, 10/14, and 11/26. 
**Health screenings will also be offered 10/19-10/23 and 10/26-10/30. Contact CareHere if you want to combine the two.
7AM–12:00PM
1:00–6:00PM

  BILLINGS
1501 14th St. West
Empty room next to Billings Health Center

Tuesdays, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17
7AM–12:00PM
1:00–4:00PM

Tuesdays, 10/13, 10/27, 11/10,  11/24
9AM–12:00PM
1:00–6:00PM

  BUTTE
Holiday Inn Express
2609 Harrison Ave.
Room TBA Wednesdays, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18
7AM–12:00PM
1:00-4:00PM

Wednesdays, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11, 11/25 
9AM–12:00PM
1:00–6:00PM

  MISSOULA
Holiday Inn Express
150 Expressway Blvd.
Room TBA Thursdays, 10/8, 10/22, 11/5, 11/19
7AM–12:00PM
1:00-4:00PM
Thursdays, 10/15, 10/29, 11/12   
9AM–12:00PM
1:00–6:00PM
CORRECTIONS EMPLOYEES ONLY Billings Womens Prison
701 S. 27th St.
Room TBA

Wednesday 10/14
12:00PM - 4:00PM

 

CORRECTIONS EMPLOYEES ONLY Montana State Prison
500 Conley Lake Rd., Deer Lodge
Wallace Building, Small Classroom

Thursday 10/15
7AM–12PM &
1PM–5PM

Thursday 11/12
7AM–12PM &
1PM–5PM

Accommodations
HCBD will make reasonable accommodations for any known disability that may interfere with a person's ability to participate in wellness events, programs, or public meetings. Please contact HCBD at least three days prior to the event, program, or meeting to allow adequate time for us to make appropriate accommodations. 

The Fine Print
Flu shots are no additional cost to State of Montana Benefit Plan members at a Montana Health Center, Montana Health Center off-site flu shot clinic, or at a participating provider.
Appointments are required at both Montana Health Centers and Off-site flu shot clinics. Do NOT schedule an appointment for a flu shot with a health center medical provider unless you have other medical needs that you need to see a provider for. 
The seasonal influenza vaccine often protects against more than one strain of the virus and is different each year based on projections for illness-causing strains. For more information on flu shot safety, efficacy, or necessity contact your health care provider.