AMA CPT® Assistant - 2008 Issue 4 (April)

New Influenza Vaccine Codes (April 2008)

April 2008 page 8 Coding Communication:New Influenza Vaccine Codes The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 5% to 20% of the US population acquires influenza annually, resulting in approximately 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths from influenza and its complications. The very young, the elderly, and people with pulmonary compromise are at particularly high risk. The categories of people for whom annual vaccination is recommended has broadened, and, consequently, the number of people included within these recommendations has increased over time. A further increase in the number of people recommended for vaccination is possible if...

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