Flu Shot: Encourage Preferred Vaccines for Patients 65+

It’s time to talk with your patients about flu shots. The CDC recommends annual flu shots for everyone 6 months and older by the end of October or as soon as possible each flu season. You can give flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same visit.

New for this flu season: Patients 65 and older should get a preferred vaccine if available. Preferred vaccines are potentially more effective than standard dose flu vaccines. There are 3 recommended vaccines:

  1. Fluzone High-Dose?Quadrivalent vaccine
  2. Flublok Quadrivalent recombinant?flu vaccine
  3. Fluad Quadrivalent adjuvanted flu vaccine

If one of these recommended vaccines isn’t available, give your patients a standard-dose flu vaccine instead.

Medicare Part B covers the seasonal flu shot and additional flu shots if medically necessary. Your patients pay nothing if you accept assignment.

You can now check eligibility (PDF) for the flu shot. If you need help, contact your eligibility service provider. CMS gives information from claims billed in the last 18 months:

  • CPT or HCPCS codes
  • Dates of service
  • NPIs who administered the shots

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Last Updated Sep 22 , 2022