17.12.2003: Meldung: Oxford Health expands flu vaccine coverage
Oxford Health Plans, Inc. announced today that it had extended its flu vaccination coverage to include intranasal influenza vaccines for its commercial and Medicare members.
"Each year, we strongly encourage our members to get flu vaccinations to safeguard themselves and their families, " said Alan M. Muney, M.D., chief medical officer at Oxford and a former pediatrician. "Due to the limited availability of the injectable flu vaccine and the severity of the flu epidemic thus far, we have modified our coverage to ensure that members who want or need the flu vaccine have access to it while the shortage lasts. Because of the shortage, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is strongly recommending that physicians provide flu shots to individuals who are most susceptible to the flu and its complications, including infants, seniors and pregnant women. According to the CDC, the intranasal flu vaccination is appropriate for healthy individuals between the ages of 5 - 49.
"The intranasal flu vaccine is just as effective in preventing the flu in healthy people as the flu shot, and it"s not too late to get vaccinated," Dr. Muney said. In light of this policy change, Oxford is reaching out to members, employer groups and physicians through its Web site and direct communication.
Founded in 1984, Oxford Health Plans, Inc. provides health plans to employers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, through its sales force and through independent insurance agents and brokers. Oxford"s services include traditional health maintenance organizations, point-of-service plans, preferred provider plans, third-party administration of employer-funded benefit plans and Medicare+Choice plans.