The 2013-2014 influenza vaccines include those that are trivalent (protects against 3 strains) and quadrivalent (protects against 4 strains). Both types of vaccine contain new strains since the previous season. Because of the new strains and the fact that immunity drops up to 50% 6-12 months after vaccination, influenza vaccine is recommended every year for all those over 6 months of age.
Recommendations and Implementation
Promote Influenza Vaccination to Families
Showing that all your office staff is immunized for influenza lets your patients know how important immunization is to you and that they can feel confident bringing their children to your office. It should encourage them to immunize their kids, too.
The AAP Section on Administration and Practice Management (SOAPM) in partnership with the Childhood Immunization Support Program developed a customizable template for the ‘Earn Your Stripe’ poster to promote immunization against influenza. Make your own ‘Earn Your Stripe’ poster featuring your staff and post in patient areas. It is easy to do, just following these 5 simple steps:
Step 1: Take a digital picture of your office staff striking the ‘Earn Your Stripe’ pose.
Step 2: Open the Staff Immunization Poster Template document (you will need Microsoft Publisher to open it).
Step 3: Copy and paste your digital picture into the Template. Resize or Crop your picture to best fit the poster (ideal size is 3500 x 2700 pixels). Reformat the wording in the text box if necessary.
Step 4: Save the document as a PDF.
Step 5: Print the poster in the size of your choice & hang in your patient area!
View an example featuring the SOAPM Executive Committee (PDF 486KB)
If you are unable to get a picture of your staff you can post the original poster (PDF 400KB).
View a list of influenza vaccines available for the 2013-2014 season. (Exit Site)
For more on supply, visit the Influenza Summit Web site. (Exit Site)
For issues related to coding or health plan coverage issue, contact the AAP Coding Hotline or see the Implementation Guidance.
Resources for Peditricians
- AAP: Preparing Your Practice for Providing Influenza Vaccines (Exit Site, Login Required)
- Vaccine Status Table from the Red book Online (Exit site)
- Reminder/Recall Strategies and Resources (PDF 59KB)
- AAP Article: ACIP Releases Interim 2013-‘14 Influenza Season Recommendations
- AAP Technical Report, Immunizing Parents and Other Close Family Contacts in the Pediatric Office, discusses benefits and barriers to immunizing family members in the pediatric office, in order to protect infants and young children against disease (Exit site).
- AAP Hot Topics Pedialink Courses on Influenza (Exit site)
- Influenza Vaccination for Pregnant Women
The American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Nurse-Midwives, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Medical Association, American Nurses Association, American Pharmacists Association, Associations of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, March of Dimes, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, National Influenza Vaccine Summit, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have collaborated to write a letter to health care providers, urging them to recommend influenza vaccine to all pregnant women. To view the letter, please click here.
For Healthcare Workers and Employees
The following resources are available for parents (Exit Site) :
CDC Influenza Web site (Exit Site)
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (Exit Site)
PKIDS- Flu's Gonna Lose Campaign (Exit Site)
Immunization Action Coalition Influenza page (Exit Site)
National Network for Immunization Information Influenza page (Exit Site)
- Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition (Exit Site)
Families Fighting Flu
Families Fighting Flu, Inc. (FFF) is a non-profit, volunteer-based corporation dedicated to educating people about the severity of influenza and the importance of vaccinating children against the flu every year. Through education and advocacy, FFF hopes to improve the rates of annual pediatric influenza vaccinations and help reduce the number of pediatric illnesses and deaths caused by the flu each year.
The Threat of Pandemic Influenza: Are We Ready? (Book - Exit Site)
Pandemicflu.gov has resources to prepare for pandemic influenza (Exit Site)
Pandemic Influenza Issue Brief from AAP and Trust for America's Health (PDF 840KB)
Last Updated: 9/25/13