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Influenza Season 2016-2017

Vaccination Topics & Resources 2016

Zika Virus Update

Influenza Season 2016-2017

Healthcare providers play a critical role in gearing up for a new flu season. Because every flu season is unique, protecting your facility, and your patients and residents depends on solid infection prevention techniques, as well as the seasonal forecast and last year’s numbers.

Helpful Resources

The Joint Commission - Continuing Education course by CDC and the Joint Commission."Strategies for Improving Rapid Influenza Testing in Ambulatory Settings." This course is intended for physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses in ambulatory settings and medical office staff that collect respiratory specimens or perform rapid influenza diagnostic testing. Four 30-minute topic-specific modules are available that offer .5 CE credits each.

CDC - Pneumococcal Vaccines - CDC Answers Your Questions.Pneumococcal Vaccines: What dosing intervals should be observed when giving PCV13 and PPSV23 to patients (children and adults) who are recommended to receive both vaccines?

UPrevent - Cold and Flu Resources.For the most comprehensive and up-to-date source of influenza news, resources and guidelines, visit UPrevent Cold and Flu.

Vaccination Topics & Resources 2016

National Immunization Awareness Month highlights the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. Among children born during 1994-2013, vaccination will prevent an estimated 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations, and 732,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes.

Helpful Resources

CDC - Immunization Resources for Healthcare Profesionals.Vaccinations protect the health of our communities. Do your part to spread the word for National Immunization Awareness Month!

HHS - National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.In very rare cases, a vaccine can cause a serious problem, such as a severe allergic reaction. In these instances, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) may provide financial compensation to individuals who file a petition and are found to have been injured by a VICP-covered vaccine. Even in cases in which such a finding is not made, petitioners may receive compensation through a settlement.

FDA - Researchers Advance Science for Vaccines to Prevent Mumps and Whooping Cough. FDA researchers are working to figure out how to make current U.S. vaccines—which are already safe and effective—even better.

Zika Virus Update 2016

Zika virus disease is a nationally notifiable condition. Healthcare providers should report suspected Zika virus disease cases to their state, local, or territorial health department to facilitate diagnosis and mitigate risk of local transmission. State, local, and territorial health departments should report laboratory-confirmed and probable cases to CDC.

Updated Guidelines

CDC - Zika Virus Microsite

CDC - Zika Interim Response Plan