Continue to administer vaccine as flu season peaks
TrishaKorioth, Staff Writer
For Your Information
As influenza season begins its peak this month, make sure your patients are visiting
you for their yearly influenza vaccination rather than a sick child visit. National
Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), Dec. 4-10, focuses on the importance of continuing
to administer the influenza vaccine to patients, especially through the holiday season.
The AAP-backed campaign from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
calls on pediatricians and other health care professionals to help spread the word
about the latest AAP influenza recommendations (see AAP News summary: http://bit.ly/2eslP9V). The inactivated influenza vaccine is recommended throughout influenza season (October
to May) for all children ages 6 months and older. The recommendation is particularly
important to protect vulnerable populations such as babies under 6 months and pregnant
women, but even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others.
The Academy also supports a mandatory influenza immunization policy for all health
care personnel. Influenza vaccine coverage rates are higher with mandatory programs
in comparison with voluntary programs.
Free continuing medical education on pediatric influenza immunization is available
via PediaLink (http://bit.ly/2e67wcN), and an archived webinar focused on strategies to improve prevention and control
in children is available from the CDC at http://bit.ly/2flPcs1.