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CDC Webinar - Improving Routine, Influenza, and COVID-19 Vaccination This Winter (Archived Webinar)

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​​CDC Webinar - Improving Routine, Influenza,​​ and COVID-19 Vaccination This Winter

​​​​​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.  

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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, the influenza vaccine can be given with a COVID-19 vaccine for eligible patients, including everyone five years and older. As long as influenza remains a potential public health threat, efforts to vaccinate and raise awareness about the importance of vaccination should continue throughout the flu season to protect as many people as possible. 

CDC guidance is available for how to safely administer vaccine doses during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes guidance around coadministration of COVID-19 and other vaccines at the same clinic visit, such as influenza vaccines.

The benefits of receiving the flu vaccination and how it plays a key role in keeping communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the importance of routine vaccines for children, including coadministration of vaccines, are discussed in this archived webinar.

​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)

This one-hour webinar was originally presented on December 6, 2021. Discussion among the presenters and participants during the live version of the webinar was captured. To learn more:

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For more information, please contact Vanessa Lamers at​.​​


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