Seasonal Influenza


Influenza Vaccine 2014-15
The Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for 2014-15 Influenza Season MMWR/August 15, 2014 / Vol.63/No. 32 found here:
Primary Changes and Updates in the ACIP 2014-15 Influenza Vaccination Recommendations

The ACIP recommends that all persons aged 6 months and older without contraindications receive annually for protection against seasonal influenza.  To avoid missed opportunities for vaccinations, providers should offer vaccination during routine health care visits and hospitalizations when vaccine is available.

A number of different seasonal influenza vaccine formulations are available, some of which are licensed for specific age groups or are more appropriate than others for person with certain medical conditions. Find a complete list of Pediatric and Adult Influenza Vaccine Products for the 2014-2015 Influenza Season:
http://eziz.org/assets/docs/IMM-859.pdf

The virus strains in this year's seasonal influenza is the same as last year's vaccine, children 6 months through 8 years need only one dose if they received one or more doses of 2013-14 seasonal influenza vaccine, regardless of previous vaccination history. Information regarding the number of doses needed for children 6 month through 8 years is located here: 
Influenza (2) Dose Algorithm

New recommendation:  Live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) should be used for healthy children aged 2-8 years who have no contraindications or precautions. LAIV is more effective than IIV against laboratory-confirmed influenza among younger children.  Inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) should be used if LAIV is not available.  Do not miss an opportunity to vaccinate if your clinic does not have LAIV.  Both LAIV and IIV have demonstrated to be effective.

The 2014-15 influenza VISs have been posted and dated 8-19- 2014. There are separate VISs for the inactivated and the live, attenuated intranasal vaccines. The “inactivated” vaccine influenza VIS may be used for all non-live virus formulations (e.g., trivalent, Quadrivalent, cell-culture, recombinant, Intradermal, high-dose).
2014-15 FLU VIS LAIV (Live) ENGLISH
      Screening Questions for Contraindications for LAIV (Live) Vaccine
2014-15 FLU VIS INACTIVED ENGLISH
      Screening Questions for Contraindications for INACTIVATED (IIV) Vaccine

Find more information at the Center For Disease Control (CDC) Influenza Website:  http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

The Kansas VFC Program 2014-2015 Flu Presentations:

Manufacturer

Brand

NDC

Age

Presentation

MedImmune

FluMist (LAIV4)- Quadrivalent

66019-301-10

2-49 yrs

10 1-dose sprayers

Novartis

Fluvirin PF (IIV3)- Trivalent

66521-0117-02

4yrs+

10 1-dose syringes

Sanofi

Fluzone PF (IIV4)- Quadrivalent

49281-0014-10

36mos+

10 1-dose vials

Sanofi

Fluzone PF (IIV4)- Quadrivalent

49281-0014-50

36mos+

10 1-dose syringes

Sanofi

Fluzone PF (IIV4)- Quadrivalent

49281-0114-25

6-35mos

10 1-dose syringes

Sanofi

Fluzone (IIV4)- Quadrivalent

49281-0621-15

6mos+

10-dose vial

GSK

Fluarix (IIV4)- Quadrivalent

58160-0901-52

36mos+

10 1-dose syringes


2014-2015 CDC INFLUENZA RESOURCES

  • Information for parents
CDC Recommends Flu Vaccination |

Why Flu Vaccination Matters: Video Files
Personal Stories from Families Affected by Influenza

More than 20,000 children are hospitalized each year because of influenza.  Click here to watch a CDC video documentary featuring parents who have lost a child to influenza.

CDC Video Documentary Transcript (.pdf)

Information for schools and child care providers

Information for health professionals

The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu shot each year.

In the United States, seasonal influenza disease (also known as “the flu”) occurs during the late fall through early spring seasons. Every year, an average 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu; more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and about 36,000 people die from flu. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.

In addition to getting the flu vaccine, you should take these steps to avoid spreading germs:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you get the flu, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

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