Immunization and Vaccine Resources
Racial and ethnic minority groups are disproportionately affected when it comes to receiving recommended vaccines. Many factors can contribute to lower vaccination rates, including concerns about vaccine safety and limited access to care and health coverage.
Prepare for Flu Season
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccination rates have declined, putting communities at an increased risk for preventable diseases. With the flu season approaching, CMS OMH has compiled a list of flu and immunization resources for health care providers, partners, and patients to help everyone prepare for flu season. We have also prepared a list of resources in other languages.
The CDC recommends everyone six months of age or older needs a flu vaccine. Most health insurance plans cover recommended vaccines at no or low cost to patients and are available at most health care provider offices. The flu vaccine, along with other vaccines, are also available at local pharmacies, health centers, health departments, and travel clinics.
Flu Resources for Healthcare Professionals
- Annual Influenza Vaccination Disparities in Fee-For-Service Beneficiaries (PDF)
- CDC Flu Activity & Surveillance:
- CDC FluSight
- CDC Vaccination Guidance During a Pandemic
- Prevention Strategies for Seasonal Influenza in Healthcare Settings
- CDC Influenza Virus Testing
- Visit www.cms.gov/flu for a complete list of CMS flu vaccine resources.
Flu Resources for Patients and Partners
- Medicare.gov Flu Information: Know what’s covered under Medicare Part B.
- CMS Flu Vaccine Partner Toolkit: Includes CMS, CDC, and HHS materials available on the importance of the flu vaccine.
- CDC Flu Prevention Resources: Ways patients can take steps to prevent flu, including getting an annual flu vaccine.
- People at High Risk For Flu Complications: Education resources to help patients at high risk for flu complications prepare for flu season; these populations include people ages 65 and older, people with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, and more.
- Flu Can Be Very Serious – Flu Vaccine Protects Video: This CDC video explains how a flu vaccine can keep you from getting sick with flu, helping protect you, your loved ones, and your community, including essential workers.
- CDC 2021-2022 Flu Season FAQ: Resource for patients to prepare for the 2021-2022 flu season.
- Adults with Chronic Conditions: Adults with certain chronic conditions are at higher risk of developing serious complications from flu. This CDC resource provides facts to know about flu and chronic conditions.
- CDC Key Facts About Flu Vaccines: Includes detailed information including why people should get vaccinated against the flu, how the flu vaccines work, what kinds of flu vaccines are available, and more.
- CDC 2021-2022 Flu Season Digital Media Toolkit: Includes print-ready materials, videos, web resources, and social media images and messages.
- CDC 2021-2022 Flu Season Social Media Toolkit: Includes sample posts and shareable graphics. Also available in Spanish.
- I Get It! Social Media Frames: Customizable graphic frames for you to insert your own picture into and share on your social media channels.
Shareable CMS Resources to Promote Flu Vaccines
Share the importance of flu shots with your partners, community members, and Medicare beneficiaries. Download the graphics below to post on your social media channels. Find more shareable resources like social media and blog content and graphics in 18 languages.
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
- CMS COVID-19 Vaccine Policies & Guidance Webpage
- CMS COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Medicare Beneficiaries
- CMS COVID-19 Vaccine Policies & Guidance for Health Care Providers
- CDC Tips for Building Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines Among Patients – A Presentation for Health Care Providers
- HHS “We Can Do This” COVID-19 Vaccine Public Education Campaign with Shareable Resources
- Vaccine Finder
- CMS OMH COVID-19 Resources on Vulnerable Populations
- Coverage to Care (C2C) COVID-19 Resources
- Additional Resources for Patients and Partners
- Your Medicare Coverage: Find out what preventive and screening services are available under Medicare Part B.
- Preventative and Screening Services: Type your test, item, or service and find out if it is covered under your Medicare coverage.
- CMS Prevention Resources for Adults, Teens, Children, and Infants: C2C prevention resources on immunizations and other no cost preventive services for adults and children.
- Resources in Other Languages
- Childhood Vaccine Resources
The CDC now recommends children ages 5-11 get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19. Children ages 5 and older are able to get an age-appropriate dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The federal government is providing the COVID-19 vaccine free of charge to all people living in the U.S. regardless of immigration or health status.
Check with your child’s provider about whether they offer COVID-19 vaccination or your local pharmacy to see if walk-ins or appointments are available for children.
- CDC COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens
- Resources for Encouraging Routine Childhood Vaccinations
- Help Kids’ Safe Return to School – Get Caught Up on Recommended Vaccines
- Catch Up on Well-Child Visits and Recommended Vaccinations
- Childhood Vaccination Toolkit for Clinicians
- Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents
- Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign