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National Influenza Vaccine Summit Newsletter

Special Issue - Vaccine Supply Issues?
November 28, 2006

NOTE: This document is provided for historical purposes only and may not reflect the most accurate and up-to-date information on this subject. For current flu information, please visit the CDC Flu Homepage.

National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW)
November 27-December 3

What Can Healthcare Providers Do if They Have Little or No Vaccine During NIVW?

While CDC anticipates an unprecedented number of influenza vaccine doses this season and understand from the manufacturers that the vast majority of doses will be distributed by the end of November, we recognize that many providers didn’t receive their vaccine as early in the vaccination season as they would have liked, making it difficult for them to vaccinate all of their patients during October and early November. In addition, some providers may still be awaiting completion of their vaccine orders as NIVW begins. This brief document is intended to provide guidance and suggestions for providers in that situation.

The purpose of NIVW is to emphasize the importance of influenza vaccination and the need to continue vaccination activities beyond Thanksgiving and into December and January, with providers implementing outreach and offering vaccination prior to, during, and following NIVW that are tailored to the patients they plan to serve and the vaccine supply that they have available.

For providers who are concerned that they will not have sufficient vaccine available during NIVW, we recommend using this week to do outreach to patients, letting them know that vaccination opportunities will continue into December and beyond, what those opportunities are, and if needed, to schedule appointments for those opportunities. Providers can also contact their local or state health department to learn about other health care providers and clinics in their communities that are administering influenza vaccine.

If patients reach out to a provider for vaccination and vaccine is not yet available, the importance of this outreach can be positively reinforced with the patient, and information can be shared about the opportunities that the provider is planning for vaccination in the coming weeks. If appointments will be needed for these opportunities, an appointment can also be scheduled.

For patients who express concern about the fact that a vaccination isn’t immediately available at the time they contact the provider, the following information and talking points are suggested:

For providers who have already used their doses and aren’t scheduled to receive further shipments, additional vaccine is still available for purchase. Distributors with vaccine for sale have been invited to post vaccine availability at this AMA-sponsored website: www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/16919.html 
For more information about NIVW, go to the CDC website at: www.cdc.gov/flu

The National Influenza Vaccine Summit is co-sponsored by the AMA and CDC. Materials published in this Newsletter are provided by a variety of sources and should not be misconstrued to represent CDC or AMA policy unless otherwise stated.

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