- The CDC Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Resources for Health Professionals resource page has information about the current influenza season, dosage and administration, vaccine composition, storage and handling, target groups for vaccination, supply and distribution, effectiveness and safety, and patient education.
- The CDC Strategies for Increasing Adult Vaccination Rates resource page highlights strategies to increase adult vaccination rates including making a strong recommendation, reminder systems, and how to improve coverage rates for high risk populations.
- The CDC Flu Vaccine Safety Summary for Clinicians page reviews seasonal influenza safety resources including key facts and safety associated with each type of vaccine.
Planning Clinics and Campaigns
- MDPH developed Guidelines for Immunization Clinics (DOC) to assist in the planning and operation of vaccination clinics, including annual flu clinics, school-based clinics, and vaccination clinics in response to small-scale emergencies. This document summarizes key points in running a successful clinic, and provides links to many other useful resources.
- CDC also has a resource page entitled CDC Guidelines for Large-Scale Influenza Vaccination Clinic Planning, which outlines the logistics and considerations needed to plan a high volume vaccination clinic.
- MDPH created a comprehensive guide to conducting influenza clinics for healthcare professionals and community based organizations to reach diverse populations: Flu Vaccine for Everyone: Reaching and Engaging Diverse Communities (DOC)
- Public providers interested in holding vaccination clinics could benefit from enrolling in the Vaccine Reimbursement Program for Public Providers. Commonwealth Medicine, the health care consulting division of UMass Medical School, manages this program to reimburse public providers for vaccines and their administration through billing of health plans. In addition, the MassHealth Flu and Adult Vaccine Program for Local Public Health Providers has information on the flu and adult vaccine reimbursement program with instructions on how to enroll as a MassHealth provider, billing information, and other helpful resources. HERE HERE
- Massachusetts State-Supplied Influenza Vaccine Formulations (DOC) available: MDPH created a table outlining the current state-supplied influenza formulations to ensure you are using the age appropriate formulation and dose for the person you are vaccinating.
- Screening forms: Always screen patients for contraindications and precautions before a vaccine is administered, even if the same vaccine was administered previously. A patient’s health status or the recommendations for contraindications and precautions may have changed since the last dose was given. Screening helps prevent adverse reactions such as anaphylaxis. At each visit, use a standardized screening tool to assess patients consistently and correctly. Screening forms can be found at the Immunization Action Coalition website.
- MDPH Flu Consent and Screening Form: MDPH has created sample influenza vaccine consent and screening forms. Such forms are intended to be used in settings where children are being vaccinated and the parent/legal guardian is NOT present. Such setting might include, but are not limited to, school-based clinics, public clinics, or visits to practices when the child is unaccompanied by their parent/legal guardian and no other general consent to treat are in place.
- Vaccine Administration Record (DOC) : The Vaccine Administration Record is an important tool to be utilized during a vaccination clinic. It serves as a centralized location to keep track of required documentation for those vaccinated, including brand and lot number of vaccine administered, dose, and route of administration, etc.
- Withdrawal of Permission - Sample Form for Schools (DOC): This form can be modified by districts/schools to fit their needs. It can be used for parents to withdraw previously given permission for a child to receive a vaccination at school.
- To find standing orders for influenza and other vaccine preventable diseases, please see the Model Standing Orders
- For guidance on how to properly store vaccines, please visit the Vaccine Management page as well as the CDC Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit.
Influenza Vaccination of Healthcare Personnel (HCP)
Healthcare personnel are at high risk for influenza exposure and illness, and may be a source of influenza virus transmission in healthcare settings. Annual influenza vaccination is the best method of preventing influenza and potentially serious complications. The current Health People 2020 goal for influenza vaccination among healthcare personnel is 90%. You can visit Influenza Vaccination Information for Health Care Workers for more information on the benefits of vaccination and statistics by health care profession. The 2006 MMWR focused on influenza vaccination of health-care personnel Influenza Vaccination of Health-Care Personnel, Recommendations of the HICPAC and ACIP outlines the general recommendations concerning influenza vaccination of healthcare professionals.
As a condition of licensure, MDPH regulations require healthcare facilities, including hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, dialysis centers, clinics, nursing homes, rest homes, and adult day health programs to offer free-of-charge, annual influenza vaccine to all personnel (full and part-time employees, contracted employees, volunteers, house staff and students) and document receipt of influenza vaccine administered and declination of immunization. Licensed facilities are also required to report information to MDPH documenting compliance with the vaccination requirement. You can find more information in this circular letter (DOC). MDPH has a page on reporting information for facilities and flu vaccination reports of healthcare personnel. MDPH also has a website with hospital circular letters related to season influenza vaccination requirements for healthcare personnel.