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Be Savvy About Seasonal Viruses

During the winter months, it can seem as if cold and flu germs are lurking everywhere. And we all want to avoid catching them — or passing them onto others. Luckily, there are effective strategies that can help reduce your risk of getting sick:

  • Get a flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)* recommends annual flu vaccines for everyone — with a few exceptions — ages 6 months and older.

  • Take steps to stop the spread of germs. Wash hands thoroughly. Cover your coughs and sneezes. And stay home when you don’t feel well, if you can.

If you do get sick, it’s not always easy to tell if it’s a cold or the flu. Colds tend to be milder than the flu and are less likely to cause fever, chills and muscle aches. And while the flu sometimes causes sneezing, stuffy nose and sore throat, these symptoms are more common with a cold.

Of course, sometimes it’s best to consult with a doctor for cold or flu symptoms. Don’t have time for an office visit? If your health plan includes Blue CareOnDemandSM, you can video chat with a doctor through your computer or mobile device — any time, with no appointment necessary.


*The CDC is an independent organization that offers health information that members of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina may find helpful.

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Blue Care on Demand

Want to talk with a doctor about your cold and flu symptoms, but don’t have time for office visit? If your health plan includes Blue CareOnDemandSM, you can video chat with a doctor from your computer or mobile device.

During your video visit, the doctor can:

  • Ask and answer questions

  • Diagnose your symptoms

  • Call in a prescription to your local pharmacy, if needed

Access Blue CareOnDemand any time. No appointment is necessary.

Check Your Eligibility

Is Blue CareOnDemand part of your health plan? To find out, log into My Health Toolkit® and look under the Resources tab. If the service is included, you’ll see Blue CareOnDemand under Tools.

Get Started Now!

Don’t wait until you’re sick to sign up for Blue CareOnDemand. Create your user account now so it’s ready when you need it.

  • From your computer, go to www.BlueCareOnDemandSC.com.

  • From your mobile phone or tablet, download the Blue CareOnDemand app for your Apple or Android device.

Blue CareOnDemand is not a replacement for your regular doctor. You should continue getting regular checkups and preventive care. For true emergencies and life-threatening issues, go to the emergency room or call 911.

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