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Health Care Professionals

Influenza Season 2017-18
 

INFLUENZA INFORMATION AND RESOURCES FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS

Flu season is a busy and challenging time for healthcare providers. In addition to the increased workload, there is always important new information about influenza disease and the vaccines available to protect against it. This page contains information and resources to help you and your staff as you care for your patients.

STATE-FUNDED INFLUENZA VACCINE FORMS AND RELATED PROVIDER RESOURCES

As always, you and your staff need flu vaccine, too. CDC, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) recommend that all U.S. health care workers get vaccinated annually against influenza.

HEALTH OFFICER ORDER MANDATING INFLUENZA VACCINATION OR MASKING OF HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY
Originally issued in 2014, the order takes effect every flu season, beginning Nov. 1 and extending until March 31 of the following year. For more information, please see this web page.

 

  Protect those you care for. Get your flu vaccine and recommend it to your patients.


In addition to protecting your own health, you are protecting your patients' health by making sure you and your staff are immunized.

You and your staff also play an important role in helping your patients make good choices about their health--like the choice to get flu vaccine.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website has a large section devoted to information and resources just for healthcare providers. Visit the main CDC influenza Information for Health Professionals page here.

The page, which is updated as needed, includes links to:

and much more.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) maintains a section of its Influenza information web page titled Information for Health Professionals. Links to information include an Influenza Vaccine Identification Guide, masking requirements, flu prevention education materials, and more.

CDPH's EZIZ website is the source for immunization training and resources for California's Vaccines For Children Program. The site features a number of flu-related resources, including a page with Flu and Respiratory Disease Prevention Promotional Materials links. There are also links to a wide variety of general immunization information and resources, including Vaccine Storage and Handling and Training.


Questions?

For questions about Weekly Flu Vaccine Reports/Activity, please contact:
Nancy Knickerbocker, State Flu Vaccine Coordinator
phone: 619-692-5738; fax: 619-692-6619
Nancy.Knickerbocker@sdcounty.ca.gov

For questions about clinical or programmatic matters, please contact:
Melissa Thun, PHN Clinical Coordinator
phone: 619-692-5607; fax: 619-692-5677
Melissa.Thun@sdcounty.ca.gov


 

CDC's 2017-18 Influenza Vaccine Recommendations Summary
Click this link to view the summary of recommendations.

INFLUENZA ACTIVITY IN THE COUNTY— Weekly Summary (coming soon)
The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency’s Epidemiology and Immunization Services Branch (EISB), works with the local medical community to summarize influenza activity here in our county.

Live, Attenuated Influenza Vaccine (LAIV) Not Recommended for 2017-18 Flu Season
The CDC has stated that the nasal spray flu vaccine (LAIV) should not be used during the 2017-18 influenza season.

Influenza Vaccine Information Statement (VIS)
The CDC has stated that the VIS used for the 2015-16 influenza season should be used for the 2017-18 season and future seasons, until there is a significant change in flu recommendations that will require changing them. Use the link below to view and download the VIS:

VIS for Inactivated vaccines

Spanish version (Inactivated)