This information is provided to help you vaccinate your patients, especially those at high risk, against flu.
While it’s not possible to say for certain what will happen in the fall and winter, the CDC believes it’s likely that flu viruses and the coronavirus (COVID-19) will both be spreading. Ensuring that your patients get their routine vaccinations, including influenza, during the COVID-19 pandemic is essential for protecting families and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks. These vaccinations also prevent illnesses that lead to unnecessary medical visits and hospitalizations, which may further strain the healthcare system. (Citation)

The CDC has developed guidance to help with the administration of vaccines and mass influenza vaccination clinics. Other approaches to vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic may include drive-through immunization services at fixed sites, curbside clinics, mobile outreach units, or home visits.

Yearly flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older. Healthcare providers should use every opportunity to administer flu vaccine to all eligible people, including:

MAKE A STRONG RECOMMENDATION TO YOUR PATIENTS

As a healthcare provider your strong recommendation is a critical factor that affects whether your patients get an influenza vaccine.

Educational Resources for Your Patients

Create a Culture of Immunization in Your Office

All staff in your office practice, including non-clinical staff, play an important role in supporting your patients in their vaccine decisions. This slide deck from CDC presents concrete ways that your practice can create a culture of immunization during all steps of a well child visit, from check-in to check-out. It is intended for use by physicians or vaccine coordinators during staff meetings or lunch-and-learn presentations. You may customize it with your own slide template, logo and practice-specific information.  

Get Yourself Vaccinated Against Flu

CDC, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) recommend that all U.S. healthcare workers get vaccinated annually against influenza. Since healthcare workers may care for or live with people at high risk for influenza-related complications, it is especially important for them to get vaccinated annually.

For additional information for healthcare providers related to the 2020-2021 flu season, visit www.cdc.gov/flu/season/health-care-professionals.htm.