Flu Vaccination Twice a Year

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Q. If a beneficiary received a seasonal influenza virus vaccination more than once in a 12-month period, will Medicare still pay for it?

A. Yes. Medicare pays for one seasonal influenza virus vaccination per influenza season; however, a beneficiary could receive the seasonal influenza vaccination twice in a calendar year for two different influenza seasons and the provider would be reimbursed for each. For example, a beneficiary could receive a seasonal influenza virus vaccination in January 2012 for the 2011-2012 influenza season and another seasonal influenza vaccination in November 2012 for the 2012-2013 influenza season and Medicare would pay for both vaccinations.