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N.C. Medicaid To Cover FluMist For Some Recipients

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RALEIGH,N.C. — North Carolina's Medicaid program will cover the cost of FluMist for healthy Medicaid recipients who are household contacts of medically high-risk Medicaid recipients.

Any healthy Medicaid recipient between 5 and 49 who shares a house with another Medicaid recipient who is at high risk for flu complications can receive FluMist through the Medicaid program.

Those at high risk include children 6 to 23 months of age, people who have chronic health conditions, women in their second and third trimesters of pregnancy, and seniors over 65.

Medicaid recipients must receive FluMist through their local health department. The policy will remain in effect through March 31, 2004.

Medicaid already covers the cost of standard, injectable vaccinations for people in the high-risk categories, including pregnant women in their first and second trimester.

FluMist is a new form of immunization against flu. Instead of being injected, it is given through nasal mist. It is only recommended for healthy people between the ages of 5 and 49.