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Flu vaccine recommendations online

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) recently shared with physicians and other health care professionals the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) 2013-2014 recommendations for the prevention and control of influenza with vaccines. The ACIP continues to recommend that everyone 6 months and older who does not have contraindications be vaccinated.

Because influenza was detected in Wisconsin during all but two weeks in 2012, DHS recommends that immunization clinics be scheduled throughout the influenza season. Click here for the DHS memo about the 2013-2014 influenza recommendations.

The ACIP recommendations are available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Updated information about the vaccine supply and distribution also will be posted online.

Several new, recently licensed vaccines are available for the 2013-2014 influenza season and are acceptable alternatives to other licensed vaccines indicated for their respective age groups when otherwise appropriate. An egg-free vaccine, RIV3, now is an option for vaccination of people 18-49 years old with an egg allergy of any severity.

The Wisconsin Medical Society, as a member of the Wisconsin Healthcare Influenza Prevention Coalition, encourages all members to implement an evidence-based influenza vaccination initiative to achieve a vaccination rate of at least 95 percent. More information is available in the Influenza Vaccination Toolkit on the Society’s website.

Back to October 24, 2013 Medigram