CDC Says Flu Vaccine Available for Purchase
The text of yesterday's influenza vaccine bulletin from NIP appears below.
Influenza Vaccine Supply and Production
Several million doses of influenza vaccine remain available for purchase for the 2002-03 influenza season. Health care providers who wish to purchase influenza vaccine (or purchase additional influenza vaccine) should contact their regular sources of influenza vaccine. Depending upon the source, this vaccine may be available in 10-dose vials, pre-loaded syringes or both. Vaccine manufacturers and distributors report that overbooking and multiple booking of vaccine orders placed over the summer followed by cancellation of excess orders contributed to this recent increase in vaccine availability.
Influenza Vaccine Distribution
On October 2, 2002, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published an interim final rule in the Federal Register which removes from the Conditions of Participation the physician signature requirement for influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations in Medicare and Medicaid participating hospitals, long-term care facilities, and home health agencies.
Recently, a previously undetected problem in a Medicaid data base resulted in questions about whether state Medicaid programs can reimburse for the Evans Vaccines brand of influenza vaccine.
Effective October 16, 2002, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires providers to use standard formats for electronic transmission of health care claims.
Influenza Vaccine Communications
CDC has new education materials for this season available on [its] website.
National Adult Immunization Awareness Week is October 13-19, 2002.