Hi, I’m Denise Sieron at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. If you have a minute, I’d like to share with you some information about about how Medicare is helping beneficiaries obtain vaccinations to prepare for flu season. Each year the flu causes an estimate 250,000 hospitilizations and thirty thousand deaths. An estimated 90% of the seasonal flu related deaths occurs among those aged 65 or older. Individuals with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease are particularly as risk. If you’re a Medicare beneficiary, Medicare pays for the flu vaccine as part of its preventive services. There are no out of pocket costs, no deductibles and no co-payment or coinsurance applies. You can receive the vaccine once each flu season without a physicians order and without the supervision of a physician. You can find more information at www.medicare.gov. Or just call 1 800-MEDICARE.