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National Influenza Vaccination Week
January 10–16, 2010

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January 6, 2010

Influenza vaccinations are still a key to further controlling outbreaks, even though we hear that cases of seasonal and H1N1 flu are slowing.

A special call to action issued by Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius (pictured on the front page) urges Americans to get their H1N1 vaccine if they have not yet done so.

As health care providers, please keep in mind these key points issued by the Department of Health and Human Services:

  1. All healthcare professionals, as well as those in training for healthcare professions, should be vaccinated annually against seasonal and 2009 H1N1 influenza.
  2. Providers should plan accordingly and have plans to continue vaccinating throughout the season as vaccine is distributed. Providers should routinely offer H1N1 influenza vaccine throughout the influenza season, even after influenza activity has been documented in the community.
  3. To avoid missed opportunities for vaccination, providers should offer vaccination during routine healthcare visits or during hospitalizations whenever vaccine is available.
  4. Clinical trials conducted by the National Institutes of Health and the vaccine manufacturers have shown that the new H1N1 vaccine is both safe and effective.
  5. In the past, flu pandemics have been characterized by multiple waves. Scientists and doctors recommend H1N1 vaccination even if flu activity slows, as it could resume later in the season.

See more resources for your patients at http://www.flu.gov/.