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Effective January 1, 2019, many routine vaccines that guard against many common diseases and illnesses such as the human papilloma virus (HPV), meningitis, shingles, pneumonia, and cholera are covered by the employee benefit plans.
Now that many of these vaccines are covered, plan members and their eligible dependents can rest easy knowing they and their loved ones will be well protected against many types of potentially serious diseases.
Please check with Great-West Life to see which vaccines in particular are covered by the benefit plans.
Using vaccines to prevent illness is always preferable to dealing with the condition and its consequences after the fact, according to Dr. Joy Dobson.
“Today, HPV is the number one cause of cervical cancer, and also of oropharyngeal cancer,” Dr. Dobson said. “Vaccinating teenagers before they are sexually active is critical. Oropharyngeal cancer, which is cancer of the mouth and throat, is the fourth most common type of cancer today.”
Shingles is a recurrence of the chickenpox virus. It only occurs in people who have had chickenpox in the past, but the shingles rash can spread chickenpox to children who are not yet immune. Shingles is a very painful disease that often leads to chronic nerve pain in patients.
“Now that the cost of shingles vaccines are covered, I strongly encourage all plan members and their eligible dependents to get it because avoiding shingles is priceless.”
Please note: Normal prescription drug deductibles apply.
3sHealth is very pleased to offer this benefit plan enhancements to the caregivers of Saskatchewan and their eligible dependents. The Board of Trustees approved this enhancement to the Extended Health Care and Enhanced Dental Plan in 2018. Please note, if your job requires you to have a specific vaccine, you can request that vaccine directly through your employer.