While flu activity can vary from community to community, the CDC recommends:
- Offering flu shots by the end of October 2018
- Continuing to offer the vaccine as long as flu viruses are circulating and unexpired vaccine is available
- Not revaccinating people who are up to date with their flu shot
- Flu shots for everyone over six months using an age-appropriate vaccine
- Vaccinating those at high risk for complications, including:
- People aged 65 and older
- Residents of nursing homes or other long-term care facilities
- People of any age with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease
- Pregnant women
- Children younger than five years of age, particularly those younger than two years old
- Include health care workers and ancillary staff in your vaccination plan. Flu can spread before any symptoms of the illness develop and while most people who get the flu will have only a mild illness, high-risk people are more likely have serious complications.
- Among the recommended vaccines for the 2018-2019 flu season is the live attenuated influenza nasal spray approved for use in healthy non-pregnant people between the ages of 2 and 49. See the CDC’s seasonal flu shot Q & A for more information on types of vaccines, dosage and flu shot facts.
- The CDC’s Influenza website has information about preventing the flu, including resources to share with staff, residents and their families.
- The Texas Department of State Health Services also has information and resources available, including downloadable fliers, stickers and door hangers for your facility.
Quality monitoring program staff are available to provide you with evidence-based best practices for vaccination programs, infection control and prevention systems. To talk with a quality monitor or schedule a visit, send a request by email.