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Know the Facts
About Flu Vaccination
During COVID-19

For the upcoming influenza season, influenza vaccination will be more important than ever to reduce the impact of respiratory illnesses in the population and resulting burdens on the healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic.¹ However, vaccination rates across the country are plummeting according to one news source—in some areas such as New York City, by as much as 91%

Here’s what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has to say about flu vaccination during COVID-19.

Take Advantage of Every Opportunity to Vaccinate Against the Flu

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  • Routine vaccination is an essential preventive care service for children, adolescents, and adults (including pregnant women) that should not be delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.¹
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  • Wellness visits can be useful for assessing your patients’ vaccination status. Use this time to vaccinate your appropriate patients against the flu.¹

Best Practices for Administering Flu Vaccine During COVID-19

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Be Prepared

Make sure to check for 

vaccination status among 

patients at every visit¹

Be Proactive

Identify patients who 

have missed well visits and 

schedule appointments¹

Be Persistent

Utilize reminder and recall 

systems and electronic health records to check for patients who 

may have missed vaccinations¹

Helpful Resources About Flu and COVID-19

Here are some resources to help you learn more about vaccinating against the flu during COVID-19:

Reduce the burden of respiratory illness this flu season with these CDC guidelines

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pandemic-guidance/index.html

Make sure to vaccinate all appropriate patients 6 months of age or older

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/whoshouldvax.htm

Keep up to date with all vaccinations

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/admin/admin-protocols.html

Implement effective strategies for catch-up vaccination 

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/catchup.html

Get your clinic ready for COVID-19 with these tips

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/clinic-preparedness.html

Seek guidance from CDC for opening satellite, temporary, off-site clinics

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/admin/mass-clinic-activities/index.html?deliveryName=USCDC_7_3-DM33813

Refer to this checklist for best practices for temporary or off-site vaccination clinics

https://www.izsummitpartners.org/content/uploads/2019/02/off-site-vaccination-clinic-checklist.pdf

Take advantage of available patient education resources when applicable

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/resource-center/freeresources/print/index.htm

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