Get Ready for Flu Season!
It’s that time of the year again - flu season! People are taking more protective measures thanks to COVID-19, and receiving the flu vaccine continues to be the best thing you can do to protect yourselves and family members from a serious flu illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine, preferably by the end of October to give yourself the best protection against this flu season.
CMS Flu Vaccination Resources
This year, it’s more important than ever to get the flu shot
People who are 65 and older are at high risk of having serious health complications from the flu. Now more than ever, everyone needs to do their part to prevent the spread of illnesses like the flu.

Because of COVID-19, fewer people are getting vaccines which puts their communities at greater risk for other preventable diseases. When people with Medicare get the flu shot, it helps protect and keeps them from spreading the flu to others. 
 
Medicare covers the cost of the flu shot, which is available at most health care provider offices, local pharmacies, senior centers, health centers, and other places in the community. This year, CMS is developing many new flu vaccination resources for people with Medicare, partners, providers, and others who can share our message. Please use our resources to encourage people with Medicare get their flu shot so they and their communities can stay healthy.    
Partner and Provider Resources on CMS.gov
Help educate people with Medicare about the importance of flu vaccination. 

  • Visit cms.gov/flu for one-stop shopping to find CMS’s flu vaccination information and resources.
  • Visit the Outreach & Media Materials page for flu vaccination materials to share within your partner networks and use to reach people with Medicare, plus other audiences across healthcare programs. CMS will continue to update this page with additional resources.
  • Use this social media toolkit with posts and graphics to spread the word about the importance of getting a flu shot this year (in English & Spanish).
  • For partners, CMS launched a Flu Vaccine Partner Toolkit with flu and other immunization resources.
  • For healthcare providers, CMS launched a new website – cms.gov/flu-provider – with flu coverage and billing information.
Consumer Resources on Medicare.gov

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