World influenza vaccination - not free for everyone

04:40  29 october  2020
04:40  29 october  2020 Source:   finanzen.net

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Guidelines for Flu Vaccination from CDC. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get an influenza (flu) vaccine every season with rare exception.

Everyone 6 months of age and older needs a flu vaccine . Flu vaccine prevents millions of illnesses and flu-related doctor’s visits each year. For example, during 2019-2020, flu vaccination prevented an estimated 7.5 million influenza illnesses, 3.7 million influenza -associated medical visits, 105,000

Like other vaccinations, the flu vaccination is controversial - but this winter it is particularly recommended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For whom is the flu vaccination free of charge and which health insurance companies cover part of the costs? An overview.

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On the official website of the German health insurances it says: "The flu vaccination should prevent the real flu or attenuate it in the course. The flu vaccination does not protect against harmless infections like colds [...]. Doctors We strongly recommend a flu vaccination for everyone this Corona year. "

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Influenza vaccine is available through physicians and public-health facilities and many companies provide flu vaccines on-site for their workers. Because influenza is a serious threat, the CDC recommends vaccination for everyone 6 months of age and older and others at high risk of flu

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Flu vaccination has to be refreshed every year.

If you want to get vaccinated against the real flu, you have to do it again in every flu season - every autumn, ideally in the months of September to November. Having been vaccinated once as a child does not protect you in this "Corona year", as the health insurance companies call it.

patients who know that they have already had an allergic reaction to one or more of the ingredients should of course not be vaccinated.

There are a little more than 60 health insurance companies in this country that cover the costs of the flu vaccination for everyone, including the three largest insurance companies in Germany: Techniker Krankenkasse (TK), Barmer and the DAK.

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The other statutory health insurance companies assume the costs for those for whom the flu vaccination is officially recommended by the Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO); according to the Federal Center for Health Education, similar regulations usually apply to private health insurance companies.

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Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every season with rare exceptions. Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza . People at High Risk of Developing Flu-Related Complications has a full list of age and health factors that

Vaccine Benefits. Flu vaccination is recommended for everyone aged six months and older. The flu vaccine cannot cause influenza because it does not contain any live virus. It takes two weeks for your body to develop an immune response from the vaccine .

These are: people from the age of 60 as well as residents of old people's and nursing homes, pregnant women from the second trimester (possibly also from the first trimester),

people with underlying conditions such as chronic diseases, people with regular contact with poultry and wild birds,

People who are professionally exposed to a lot of public traffic and people who look after or care for people from risk groups professionally or privately.

The cash register does not cover the costs - what to do?

The cost of a flu shot can vary. At the Charité, for example, they amount to 23 euros - if a health insurance company does not offer to cover the costs for certain people, it can still be worthwhile to ask for the costs to be covered.

It is possible that patients with some health insurers have to pay the costs themselves first and then get reimbursed in full or at least in part. Finanzen.net editorial team

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