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2011 Stick It to the Flu® - Seasonal Flu Program


Many Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) members are eligible to receive a flu shot at no cost. Providers should check the member's preventive care benefits to see if they qualify and if any applicable copayment, deductible or coinsurance applies.

BCBSNC members are eligible to receive the seasonal flu shot at the following locations:

  • Physician's office
  • Immunizing Pharmacist
  • CVS Minute Clinic
  • Worksite Clinic
For Blue Medicare Members:

Blue Medicare HMO and Blue Medicare PPO members are eligible to receive flu shots without a copayment if they only go to the doctor for a flu shot. However, if he or she sees the doctor for other services, an office visit copayment may be charged.

BCBSNC members are eligible to receive the seasonal flu shot at the following locations:

  • Physician's office
  • CVS Minute Clinic
  • Health Department

Providers may access the Quick Reference Medicare Immunization Billing guide for complete details on immunization procedure codes and descriptors for Blue Medicare members.

Please review the Flu Shot Program website for additional details on this Blue Medicare program.

For the 2011 flu season, the following vaccines are available:

Fluzone (regular) - this is the combo vaccine with 2 strains of influenza + H1N1 called "trivalent vaccine" - codes:

  • CPT codes 90655-90658 depending on age and if it's preservative free or not (effective 1/1/2011, Medicare will no longer accept CPT 90658)

Fluzone High Dose code (persons over age 65):

  • CPT code 90662

Administration codes for influenza vaccine:

  • Codes 90460-90461 pertain to children less than 18 yrs;
  • Codes 90471-90474 are for 18 yrs and older when no counseling is involved.
  • If the member also has Medicare coverage, providers should use administration code G0008 because Medicare requires this administration code for influenza.

For additional details regarding the 2011 BCBSNC seasonal flu program, please access the Stick It to the Flu website.