Fight the Flu with ChartSpan

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Who should get the flu vaccine? 

Individuals 6 months of age and older should be getting the flu vaccine every year. Patients aged 65 and older are at high risk for the flu and spreading it to others. Especially for patients with multiple chronic conditions, the severity of the flu can be higher and cause serious complications. 

Patients who have certain allergies to an ingredient in a flu vaccine or who have had an allergic reaction to a past flu vaccination should talk to their healthcare provider before getting a flu shot. 

When should you get the flu vaccine? 

It is important not to delay in getting vaccinated for the flu. Getting vaccinated early in the season is recommended. September and October are the most common times for vaccination.

What else should you know about the flu vaccine? 

Medicare Part B covers one flu shot per flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, beginning with the 2022-2023 flu season, there are three flu vaccines that are preferred for people aged 65 and older. These are Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent vaccine, Flublok Quadrivalent recombinant flu vaccine or Fluad Quadrivalent adjuvanted flu vaccine. Providers are able to determine which vaccine is best for each individual’s needs.

Patients who are considering getting the flu vaccine can call ChartSpan at 855-242-7877 to make sure their healthcare provider has the flu vaccine at their office. . ChartSpan can also advise patients on whether their provider requires an appointment or accepts walk-ins to receive the flu vaccine. If a patient’s provider is not offering the vaccine, ChartSpan can assist patients with finding a local pharmacy that does. 

Sources: 

https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/flu-shots

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/whoshouldvax.htm

Published: September 20, 2022