Older adults and adults of any age with chronic conditions, including many people dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, face increased risk of experiencing complications, including hospitalization or death, as a result of influenza (the “flu”).1,2,3
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention supports annual vaccinations for influenza as “the best way to prevent flu and its potentially serious complications” and notes that while “flu vaccination does not prevent illness entirely, it has been shown in several studies to reduce severity of illness in people who get vaccinated but still get sick.”4 Vaccination is recommended in the fall before the virus that causes the flu begins to circulate.5,6
Resources for Integrated Care (RIC) invites you to explore a new resource related to influenza vaccination. The resource leverages lessons learned regarding vaccination during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) to focus on flu vaccination and to provide up-to-date resources and references.
2 Integrated Care Resource Center. (2021). Medicare 101: An Introduction to Medicare Benefits and the Roles of Medicare and Medicaid in Serving Dually Eligible Individuals. Retrieved from https://www.integratedcareresourcecenter.com/sites/default/files/WWM%20101%20Slide%20Deck%20Final_%20for%20508.pdf.
3 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2022). A Chronic Health Condition Can Increase Your Risk. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/flu/highrisk/chronic-conditions/index.htm.
4 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2023). 2023-2024 CDC Flu Vaccination Recommendations Adopted. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/flu/spotlights/2022-2023/flu-vaccination-recommendations-adopted.htm.
5 National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. (2022). Flu (Influenza). Retrieved from https://www.nfid.org/infectious-disease/flu-influenza/.