CMS Announces Medicare Flu Campaign

CDC announced the kick-off of their Medicare Flu Campaign in this press release. A large part of CMS’ campaign is amplifying CDC’s flu-related content, which are also included.

CMS announces launch of 2020 flu season campaign, providing partner resources

Agency strongly encourages vaccination of flu amidst COVID-19 pandemic to protect nation’s seniors

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services kicked off its 2020-2021 flu season campaign with new resources to encourage people with Medicare or other CMS health care programs to get their flu shot. This year, CMS is taking additional actions to protect the health of the nation’s seniors from the flu and its associated health complications. This is through a robust campaign aimed at people with Medicare, with a special focus on beneficiaries who experience health disparities. CMS encourages national and community partners to use CMS materials to educate people about the importance of flu vaccination. According to the CDC, a flu shot has many important benefits, including reducing the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, death. This is while reducing strain on America’s healthcare system, keeping hospital beds and other medical resources available for COVID-19 patients.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there’s no evidence that a flu vaccination increases your risk of getting sick from a coronavirus, like the one that causes COVID-19. The CDC recommends getting vaccinated in September or October, but a flu shot anytime during the flu season can help protect you. When going to get a flu shot, CMS recommends following CDC recommendations for running essential errands. CMS encourages people to ask their family doctors, pharmacists, or health departments if they are following CDC’s vaccination guidance. Any vaccination location following CDC’s guidance should be a safe place to receive a flu vaccine. Medicare Part B covers one flu shot per flu season. Beneficiaries pay nothing for a flu shot if their doctor or other qualified healthcare provider accepts Medicare payment for giving the shot.

CDC Flu Related Resources

Message to FFS providers via MLN Connects – Protect Yourself & Your Patients from Flu this Season blog – Get the Flu Shot this Fall

CDC Digital Media Toolkit: 2020-2021 Flu Season

CDC Social Media Toolkit: 2020- 2021 Flu Season

Roll Up Your Sleeve for Your Annual Flu Vaccine (Video)

Flu Can Be Very Serious – Flu Vaccine Protects (Video)

Protect Your Health This Season

What You Need to Know for 2020-21

The Difference between Flu and COVID-19

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