Home Health & Hospice

Q: What special considerations should I give to lung cancer patients I work with during the winter season?

Homecare Insider, November 25, 2013

Q: What special considerations should I give to lung cancer patients I work with during the winter season?

A: It is vital for providers to remember that during flu season each year, cancer patients and survivors are at higher risk for complications from flu, including hospitalization and death. Generally, Medicare Part B covers one flu vaccination and its administration per flu season for Medicare beneficiaries without co-pay or deductible. Providers should note that the flu vaccine is not a Part D-covered drug.

While some providers may offer flu vaccines, those that don’t can help their patients locate flu vaccines within their local community. The HealthMap Vaccine Finder is a free, online service where users can search for locations offering flu and other adult vaccines.