September Flu Reminder: Vaccinate Early to Protect Against the Flu

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccination as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. Remind your patients that annual vaccination is recommended for optimal protection. Medicare pays for the flu vaccine and its administration for seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries with no co-pay or deductible. Take advantage of each office visit and start protecting your patients as soon as your 2011-2012 seasonal flu vaccine arrives. And don’t forget to immunize yourself and your staff.  Get the Flu Vaccination – Not the Flu.

Remember – Influenza vaccine plus its administration are covered under Part B benefits. Note that influenza vaccine is NOT a Part D-covered drug. For information about Medicare’s coverage of the influenza vaccine and its administration, as well as related educational resources for healthcare professionals and their staff, visit http://www.CMS.gov/MLNProducts/35_PreventiveServices.asp.

 
 

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