guidance from the CDC on vaccination during a pandemic highlights the
importance of the flu vaccine during the 2020-21 flu season. As usual, the CDC
recommends all persons age 6 months and older receive the influenza vaccine. Current
influenza vaccine recommendations can be
found here. While the flu vaccine is always important, it is critical
during the COVID-19 pandemic. Widespread vaccination can reduce the impact of
respiratory illnesses and their resulting burden on the healthcare system.
The CDC urges healthcare providers to use
every opportunity during flu season to administer influenza vaccines to
eligible persons with a special emphasis on:
Healthcare personnel, including nursing home, long-term care facility, and
pharmacy staff, and other critical
at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19: Including adults age 65
years and older, residents in a nursing home or long-term care facility,
persons of all ages with certain underlying medical conditions. Severe
illness from COVID-19 has been observed to disproportionately affect
members of certain racial/ethnic
- Persons at high risk for influenza complications: Including infants and
young children, children with neurologic conditions, pregnant women,
adults age 65 years and older, and other persons with certain underlying
CPP Buying Group is excited to announce an upcoming webinar to discuss planning and implementing a drive-thru flu clinic at your practice. Dr. Jeanne Marconi will be joining us to discuss the nuances of drive-thru flu clinic planning. Her busy pediatric practice has provided drive-thru vaccine clinics for over 18 years.
The webinar will take place Thursday, August 6 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm.
We invite anyone in your office that is
involved in the planning and vaccine coordination process to attend. To
register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-planning-a-drive-thru-flu-clinic-amidst-the-covid-19-pandemic-tickets-114165969488
Webinar link and any materials will be emailed
prior to the event.
As of July 20th, RecombivaxHB Adult and Dialysis vial
formulations are available to order. Some distributors may have placed
orders recently, so call your distributor to see if RecombivaxHB Adult and
Dialysis formulations are available.
The supply memo on merckvaccines.com was updated today: https://ordering.merckvaccines.com/supply-status
In March of this year, the AAP
released a statement saying that once again pediatricians can use either
flu shots or nasal spray flu vaccines for their patients. This guidance applies
to the 2020-21 flu season, and is the same recommendation issued for the
2019-20 season. The AAP and CDC did not recommend using the nasal spray in
2016-17 or 2017-18 due to poor effectiveness against H1N1 strains. LAIV
manufacturer AstraZeneca has since changed the formulation of the vaccine.
According to a report
issued by the CDC in April, 166 children died during the 2019-20 flu
season. The CDC estimates about 39 million people have gotten sick with flu,
410,000 have been hospitalized and 24,000 have died this season. Hospitalization
rates for children remain unusually high. Children ages 4 and under have been
hospitalized at a rate of 94.1 per 100,000 children, the highest the CDC has on
record for this age group. Last season’s vaccine was 55% effective for children
and teens according
to the CDC.
Beginning July 1, the CDC is offering weekly
one-hour videos that provide an overview of vaccination principles, general
best practices, immunization strategies, and specific information about
vaccine-preventable diseases and the vaccines that prevent them. Each video
will also include recent updates from the Advisory on Immunization Practices
The intended audience is all immunization providers, and continuing education will be available for each video. Due to COVID-19, the videos will be on demand and prerecorded rather than live. No registration is required, and videos will be released on Wednesdays through October 14. Videos can be accessed here.
The 2020 release schedule is below:
|July 1||Principles of Vaccination|
|July 8||General Best Practice Guidelines, Part 1|
|July 15||General Best Practice Guidelines, Part 2, and Vaccine Safety|
|July 22||Immunization Strategies|
|July 29||Vaccine Storage and Handling and Vaccine Administration|
|August 12||Rotavirus and Hepatitis A|
|August 19||Meningococcal Vaccine|
|August 26||Mealses, Mumps, Rubella|