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Over but Not Forgotten: End of the H1N1 Pandemic

September 2, 2010:
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the H1N1 pandemic is over. However, before you breathe that sigh of relief, it also stated that there are still cases of H1N1.

The incidence of H1N1 flu has decreased not only in the United States, but around the world. This prompted WHO to end the pandemic warning. However, there are still new cases of H1N1 reported to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States and WHO. The H1N1 flu will continue circulating for several years and is expected to behave more like the seasonal flu according to the Director-General of WHO, Margaret Chan.

As a result the H1N1 vaccine will be incorporated into the combination flu vaccine for the 2010-2011 vaccine. The Department of Health and Human Services emphasized that those with neuromuscular and other medical problems as well as young adults and pregnant women were the most susceptible to the virus and would need to be vaccinated.

When reporting the combination, seasonal flu vaccine, regardless of the combination of flu strains the appropriate codes are 90655-90662 and 90465-90472. It would be inappropriate to also report the pandemic formulation (90663-90664 and 90470) separately when included in the seasonal formulation. .

Nannette Orme, CPC, CCS-P, CPMA, CEMC
Clinical/Technical Editor


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