2019-20 Flu Recommendations from ACIP Now Available

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published the 2019-20 ACIP Influenza Vaccine recommendations in the MMWR: “Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices - United States, 2019."
You may review a summary of the new Flu Recommendations, here, or the 4-page pdf summary document, suitable for printing, here.
The ACIP continues to recommend routine annual influenza vaccination for all persons aged ≥6 months who do not have contraindications. Vaccination should be offered by the end of October; however, vaccination should continue to be offered as long as influenza viruses are circulating and unexpired vaccine is available.
The CDC has also released a Fight Flu Toolkit, which helps providers convey the threat of flu and why flu vaccination is so important. It also includes strategies for making a strong flu vaccine recommendation, and prepares you for questions parents may ask about vaccines, among other resources. 
Additional resources:
· MDPH Flu Website
· CDC Flu website for healthcare professionals
For questions about state-supplied flu vaccine availability and ordering, please contact the Vaccine Management Unit at 617-983-6828. 

For questions about flu vaccine recommendations, please call the Immunization Division at 617-983-6800 and ask for an immunization epidemiologist.

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