Getting a flu vaccine is on many â€śto doâ€ť lists in the fall, but for those who still havenâ€™t checked it off their list, itâ€™s not too late to get vaccinated. Many people donâ€™t realize that flu activity usually peaks in the United States in January or February, and flu viruses can circulate as late as May. As long as thereâ€™s flu around, it isnâ€™t too late to get vaccinated.
Getting a yearly flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against the flu, and CDC recommends influenza vaccination for everyone age 6 months and older. We urge you and all health care professionals to get vaccinated yourselves and offer flu vaccine at every opportunity to every patientâ€”except infants younger than 6 months and the very few people for whom flu vaccination is contraindicated.
Studies show that your recommendation makes the difference in your patientsâ€™ decision to get a flu vaccine. You should continue to emphasize the importance of flu vaccination for your patients. And, if you donâ€™t already do so, consider offering flu vaccines to patients in your own practice, even if yours is a sub-specialty practice and you donâ€™t see yourself as a vaccine provider. Even if you donâ€™t offer flu vaccines, you can still recommend and emphasize the importance of flu vaccination as a way to keep your patientsâ€”and their familiesâ€”protected throughout the season.
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*This blog post was originally published at Safe Healthcare*