Flu Season is Here

Posted by steelersmb
January 7, 2013
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Flu season is here but it is not too late to protect your patients against the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a yearly flu vaccine. As the occurrence of the flu continues to be reported around the country, remember, every office visit is an opportunity to check your patients’ vaccination status and encourage a yearly flu vaccine for those that have not yet taken action to protect themselves and their loved ones from the flu. Vaccination is especially important for those at high risk for flu-related complications. Additionally, research shows that a strong provider recommendation for yearly flu vaccination increases a patient’s willingness to get vaccinated themselves.

Getting vaccinated is just as important for health care personnel, like you, for many reasons. You can get sick with the flu and spread it to your family, colleagues and patients without knowing or having symptoms. Be an example by getting your flu vaccine and know that you’re helping to reduce the spread of flu in your community.

Note: – the influenza and pneumococcal vaccines and their administration fees are covered Part B benefits. Influenza and pneumococcal vaccines are NOT Part D – covered drugs.

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