Flu Vaccine Recommendations and Ordering: Information for Health Care Providers
Official recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) have been released. You can read them here. The information is summarized below.
Vaccine Administration Recommendations
Principle recommendation changes for the 2015-2016 influenza season include:
- Routine annual influenza vaccination of all persons aged 6 months and older continues to be recommended.
- Two [A (H3N2) and B/Yamagata] vaccine virus strains have been updated*. All 2015-16 influenza trivalent (three-component) vaccines are made to protect against the following three viruses:
- A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
- *A/Switzerland/9715293/2013 (H3N2)-like virus
- *B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (this is a B/Yamagata lineage virus)
- In addition to the three strains listed above, the quadrivalent vaccine also protects against B/Brisbane/60/2008-like (Victoria lineage) virus component.
The 2015-2016 trivalent vaccine strains are: an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus, an A/Switzerland/9715293/2013 (H3N2)-like virus, and a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (this is a B/Yamagata lineage virus). In addition to the three strains in the trivalent vaccine, the quadrivalent vaccine also protects against B/Brisbane/60/2008-like (Victoria 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, with all applications for the 2015-2016 program being due by Friday, August 28, 2015. 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 2015-2016 Flu Vaccine Distribution Program are as follows:
Please call the Communicable Disease Prevention Unit with any questions: (415) 554-2955