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Medicare’s Flu Vaccine Coverage

Posted Feb 24th, 2012 by Patient Assistance Team

Medicare covers the flu shot once per flu season. Flu shots are available starting in the fall for flu season. Anyone with Medicare is covered for getting the annual flu vaccine. The vaccine is free as long as your medical provider or pharmacy accepts Medicare.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year.

There are three different types of flu vaccinations you can receive: An injection for those 6 months and older; a high dose flu shot for those individuals who are 65 year of age and older; and an intradermal injection for those who are between the ages of 18 and 64.

According to the CDC, seasonal flu vaccines protect against the three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. The viruses in the vaccine can change each year based on international surveillance and scientists’ estimations about which types and strains of viruses will circulate in a given year. About two weeks after vaccination, antibodies that provide protection against the influenza viruses in the vaccine develop in the body.

The CDC also recommends getting flu vaccine when it becomes available and definitely before December, as this is the time of year when the flu season kicks into high gear.

While the flu vaccine is recommended for nearly everyone, always talk to your doctor first before getting the injection.