For older adults, an annual influenza vaccination is very important along with the timing of this flu vaccination.
ACIPa recommends flu vaccination in the September-October time frame,
as early vaccination (July-August) may lead to suboptimal immunity before the end of flu season. However, vaccination efforts should continue to be offered throughout the flu season, even into January or later.1
a ACIP = Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
ACIP recommendations note the importance of balancing optimal timing of the influenza vaccination with avoiding missed opportunities1; this could cause challenges for HCPs.
Your recommendation is critical and can have an impact on whether your patients get a flu vaccine.2
Vaccination programs should balance maximizing the likelihood of persistence of vaccine-induced protection through the season with avoiding missed opportunities to vaccinate.3
In recent years, data have shown that the peak of flu season generally occurs in the January-February time frame.1
However, there have been past seasons that didn’t see a peak until March, and sometimes, activity can continue as late as May.3
Ensure you're vaccinating your older adult patients at the optimal time against influenza.
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References: 1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Prevention and control of seasonal influenza with vaccines: recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices — United States, 2020-21 influenza season. MMWR. 2020;69(8):1-24. doi:10.15585/mmwr.rr6908a1
2. National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. Flu vaccination is more important than ever this flu season. https://www.nfid.org/2020/12/06/flu-vaccination-is-more-important-than-ever-this-flu-season. Accessed June 2, 2021.
3. CDC. Influenza (flu): the flu season. Accessed March 17, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season.htm
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