• Premera Blue Cross Encourages Awareness, Prevention on Swine Flu

    MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, WA – (May 1, 2009) – Premera Blue Cross is actively monitoring developments around the swine flu and is working with our providers, employer groups, and members to address the situation as events warrant. In the meantime, we continue to be focused on providing our members peace of mind about their healthcare coverage, and we are also working with our own employees to take appropriate preventive steps to maintain a healthy and safe working environment so we can continue to address our customers’ concerns and needs.

    We urge our customers to take the same preventive measures they take during any flu season, including:

    • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth since bacteria can live on surfaces you handle
    • Avoid close contact with sick people
    • If you become ill with flu symptoms, call your doctor for advice, and stay home from work, school or other public events
    • Try not to touch surfaces that may be contaminated
    • Get plenty of sleep
    • Manage your stress through exercise and plenty of rest
    • Drink plenty of fluids
    • Eat healthy, nutritious food

    Additional Information

    For the most up-to-date information, preventive care tips, frequently asked questions and more, please refer to the CDC or WHO Web sites.

    A variety of other reliable resources are available to help answer questions about the Swine Flu:

    About Premera Blue Cross

    Our mission is to provide peace of mind to our members about their healthcare coverage. We provide health insurance and related services to more than 1.5 million people. Premera Blue Cross has operated in Washington since 1933, and Alaska since 1957. Premera Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Premera Blue Cross is a member of a family of companies based in Mountlake Terrace, Washington, that provide health, life, vision, dental, and long-term care insurance, and other related services.