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Protect Your Patients: Give Them a Flu Shot & COVID-19 Vaccine

Protect Your Patients: Give Them a Flu Shot & COVID-19 Vaccine

Encourage residents and staff to get a flu shot and updated COVID-19 vaccine

  • You can give flu shots and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time.
  • The updated COVID-19 vaccines are designed to protect against the Omicron strain, which makes up almost all COVID-19 cases in the US.
  • Public health surveillance shows Virginia may experience a challenging flu and respiratory disease season this fall and winter.


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 three 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.


More details:

  • Medicare Part B covers the seasonal flu shot and additional flu shots if medically necessary. Your patients pay nothing if you accept assignment.
  • There’s no applicable copayment, coinsurance, or deductible for COVID-19 vaccines.
  • You can now check eligibility (PDF)for the flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine. If you need help, contact your eligibility service provider.


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