The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get an annual flu vaccine.
The 2016 – 2017 trivalent seasonal flu vaccine will cover the three flu strains that research suggests will be most common in the northern hemisphere:
A quadrivalent vaccine also is available that will include the B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata lineage).
Other vaccine details for the 2016 – 2017 flu season:
Based on data showing poor or relatively lower effectiveness of the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) determined that (LAIV), also known as the “nasal spray” flu vaccine, should not be used during the 2016-2017 flu season.
Flu season typically begins in early fall and likely will hit its peak in January and February. In fact, recent Recent Humana research has suggested that getting a flu vaccination before Dec. 15 further lessens individuals’ chances of getting the flu. This short podcast discusses the findings.
Humana encourages immunization of all people; however, the CDC recommends special emphasis on vaccinating the following people because of their increased risk of infections and associated complications:
It is also important that dates of vaccination are recorded, not only by practices, but also by patients.
More information is available on www.flu.gov, on the "Planning & Preparedness" tab under the "Health Professionals" option from the drop-down menu. Additional resources, such as print materials and video and audio tools, can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/freeresources/index.htm.
Flu and pneumonia vaccinations are key to patient health and thus have become important quality metrics for programs such as the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) and the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS). Learn more about pneumonia vaccination.
Vaccine coverage and codes:
In order to help ensure correct billing and payment, two codes are needed for each vaccination claim: one administrative code and one vaccine code. One code should be selected from each of the following groups:
Administration codes for influenza vaccination include:
Vaccine codes for influenza vaccination include:
Humana coverage guidelines for flu vaccine
Additionally, Limited Income Newly Eligible Transition (LINET) members are not eligible for the vaccine; their claims will not be covered.
Questions about Humana's policies for flu vaccination coding or coverage may be directed to the member/health care provider service phone number on the back of the member's Humana ID card.