Learn More about Flu Vaccinations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get an annual flu vaccine.

The 2018 – 2019 trivalent seasonal flu vaccine will cover the three flu strains that research suggests will be most common in the northern hemisphere:

  • A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  • A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 (H3N2)-like virus
  • B/Colorado/06/2017-like virus (B/Victoria/2/87 lineage)

A quadrivalent vaccine also is available that will include the B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata/16/88 lineage lineage).

Other vaccine details for the 2018 – 2019 flu season:

  • Intramuscular (IM) vaccines will be available in trivalent and quadrivalent formulations. All high-dose IM vaccines will be trivalent this season.
  • A jet injector can be used for delivery of AFLURIA® for people 18 to 64 years old.

On Feb. 21, 2018, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended that the quadrivalent live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV4), FluMist, be an option for influenza vaccination of persons for whom it is appropriate for the 2018 – 19 season. The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended LAIV4 be an option for patients who would not otherwise be vaccinated.

More information about the flu vaccine, including coding guidelines, is available at Humana.com/new. Choose “Flu Vaccinations: A Simple Way to Save Lives.”