CDC Webinar – Improving Routine, Influenza, and COVID-19 Vaccination This Winter
National Influenza Vaccination Week
Monday, December 6, 2021 from 2-3pm EST
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.
Influenza vaccination remains a critical strategy to decrease the burden on our healthcare system by reducing influenza-related doctor visits and hospitalizations, as well as decreasing the number of people who will need influenza diagnostic testing.
National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) provides healthcare workers and vaccination partners the opportunity to proactively communicate the potentially serious complications from influenza, the benefits of vaccination, and that there is still time to receive an influenza vaccine for this season if they haven’t done so. Additionally, influenza vaccine can be given with a COVID-19 vaccine for patients who are eligible, including everyone 5 years and older. Both COVID-19 and influenza vaccines are needed this season. As long as influenza remains a potential public health threat, efforts to vaccinate and raise awareness about the importance of vaccination should continue throughout flu season to protect as many people as possible against flu.
CDC guidance is in place for how to safely administer vaccine doses during the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to guidance around coadministration of COVID-19 and other vaccines at the same clinic visit, including influenza vaccines.
By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Discuss benefits of late-season flu vaccination
- Discuss vaccination coadministration
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)