While the non-chronic members may be the least impacted, anyone can in fact still be silent carriers of the virus and affect the elderly and ill detrimentally, which is why we need to all be practicing preventative measures and use your available Medshield benefits to stay healthy.
The Medshield Wellness Benefit and the SmartCare Benefit is available to all members.
A. The Medshield Flu Vaccination
We are at the onset of the flu season and with the Covid-19 impact it is more important than ever, especially for high-risk members, to get the flu vaccine which is available on Medshield’s Wellness Benefit for adults older than 18 years, up to a maximum of R95. The flu vaccination is available at Medshield Pharmacy Network providers, Clicks Pharmacies and selected SmartCare Clinics. The list of these providers are available on the Scheme website at https://medshield.co.za/medshield-networks/. Members should rather use the aforementioned providers for the flu vaccination to minimise out-of-pocket expenses since Family Practitioners (FP) consultation fees are paid from available Day-to-Day/Savings benefits and does not form part of the Wellness Benefit.
B. The Pneumococcal Vaccine
Seniors over 60 years of age who have high risk conditions such as heart conditions, lung conditions, kidney conditions, Diabetes, HIV or Cancer should please take advantage of the pneumococcal vaccine which is also available on Medshield’s Wellness Benefit (this benefit is not available to MediPhila members).
Additionally, risk of infection and transmission can be reduced by Social Distancing; Reducing personal contact (e.g. by no longer shaking hands); washing your hands before touching your eyes, nose or mouth; coughing and sneezing into your elbow; avoid using handkerchiefs and rather use a tissue.