The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance for all individuals to be up-to-date on their routine vaccinations, as well as their annual influenza vaccine. Many children fell behind on routine vaccines and well-child visits during the pandemic. Routine, influenza, and COVID-19 vaccines are essential to helping children, families, and communities stay healthy.
- Discuss benefits of late-season flu vaccination
- Discuss vaccination co-administration
Describe the importance of catching up on routine childhood vaccinations
Discuss new pediatric COVID-19 vaccination for children ages 5-11 years
Obtain additional resources to help guide patients
- Bess Davenport, MPH, Health Communication Specialist, Influenza Division, NCIRD, CDC
Amanda Carnes, MPH, Health Communication Specialist, Office of the Director, NCIRD, CDC (currently deployed as the Pediatric Communications Lead, CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force)
National Immunization Awareness Week. Every December, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) observes National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) to highlight the importance of influenza vaccination. The CDC estimates as of Nov. 5, 2021, over 162 million doses of flu vaccine have been distributed in the United States. Let’s work together to raise awareness about flu risks and encourage everyone to protect themselves by getting vaccinated.
General Education and Background Resources:
• CDC Influenza Information for Health Professionals
• National Institute on Aging (NIH) Flu and Prevention