Flu Vaccine Recommendations and Ordering: Information for Health Care Providers
Official recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for the 2016-17 flu season have been released. You can read them here. The information is summarized below.
Vaccine Administration Recommendations
Principle recommendation changes for the 2016-2017 influenza season include:
- Vaccination should begin as soon as vaccine is available with special emphasis on people with conditions that put them at increased risk for complications from influenza. This is still true for the 2016-2017 season, regardless of when a person received a flu vaccine during the previous season.
The 2016-2017 trivalent vaccine strains are: an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus, A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus, and a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus (Victoria lineage). In addition to the three strains in the trivalent vaccine, the quadrivalent vaccine also protects against B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata lineage) virus component. You can review the detailed information in table format here. This information has also been compiled by the California Department of Public Health to reflect rules and regulations specific to California in downloadable PDF format.
Rules and Regulations
Aerosol and Transmissible Diseases Standard
Effective September 1, 2010, the Aerosol and Transmissible Diseases Standard requires that vaccines including measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap), varicella, and influenza be offered to employees at no cost. If you are a health care worker, check with your institution to find out if you are eligible for these vaccines. If you are an institution and you would like more information about the ATD Standard, you can read it in detail by clicking here. If you have questions, please direct them to Cal/OSHA Consultation Service by calling 1-800-963-9424 or via email at InfoCons@dir.ca.gov .
SB 739 (Health and Safety Code Section 1288.7)
Effective July 1, 2007, SB 739 requires general acute care hospitals to:
- Annually offer onsite flu vaccinations to all employees at no cost
- Institute respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette protocols
- Revise/develop disaster plans to include pandemic influenza components
The Mercury Free Act of 2004 - AB 2943
Added Article 9 to Part 2, Chapter 3 of Division 106 of the Health and Safety Code (entitled Personal Health Care). Health and Safety Code Section 124172.
The Influenza Vaccine Identfication Guide indicates which vaccine products can be given to children under three years of age and pregnant women.
Seasonal Flu Vaccine Ordering Information
Providers should contact their regular distributors or the vaccine manufacturers. Providers who meet eligibility criteria (nonprofit providers who serve low-income, high-risk individuals) may qualify for free vaccine from our Influenza Vaccine Distribution program (see below).
Seasonal Flu Vaccine Distribution Program for Clinics Serving Low Income or Uninsured Clients
Open enrollment for the Flu Vaccine Distribution Program is limited to once per year. All 2016-2017 program applications are due by Wednesday, August 31, 2016. If your organization is interested in applying to receive vaccine from SFDPH, please review the program guidelines. If your organization meets the eligibility criteria, please complete the application form and usage agreement by the deadline. Questions about our flu program should be directed to (415) 554-2955.
Due dates for the 2016-2017 Flu Vaccine Distribution Program are as follows:
- Program guidelines: review before completing application
- Application letter: review before completing application
- Application form: Wednesday, August 31, 2016
- Usage agreement: Wednesday, August 31, 2016
- Checklist for Safe Vaccine Storage and Handling: Wednesday, August 31, 2016
- Certifcates of completion for two online trainings 1) "Storing Vaccines" and 2)"Monitoring Storage Unit Temperatures," both available at http://eziz.org/eziz-training/. Send certificates for the Primary Vaccine Coordinator and both Back-Up Coordinators: Wednesday, August 31, 2016
- Usage report, mid-year: Friday, February 10, 2017
- Usage report, final: Friday, June 30, 2017
- Authorization record: created as an optional way for you to track the vaccine usage at your organization.
Prior to submitting your application, select staff must thoroughly read the 2016 Vaccine Management Plan. This Plan is a compilation of resources designed to help your clinic with vaccine administration, ordering, storage and handling. Submit this Signature Page to indicate that your Primary Vaccine Coordinator and two Back-Up Coordinators have read the Plan. To access the plan, visit www.sfcdcp.org/vaccinemanagementplan. Enter password "35to46"
Please call the Communicable Disease Prevention Unit with any questions: (415) 554-2955