Discussing the importance of annual influenza vaccinations with either the inactivated influenza vaccine or recombinant influenza vaccine and other necessary vaccines, including hepatitis B, with patients is key to reducing illness, according to officials with the American College of Physicians.
The College issued a statement in accordance with National Immunization Awareness Month, and highlighted other important vaccines including the influenza, tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis; pneumococcal, human papillomavirus, hepatitis B; and herpes zoster vaccines.
“Immunizations guard against serious health problems, hospitalization, and even death,” Nitin Damle, MD, MS, FACP, president, ACP said in the statement. “National Immunization Awareness Month is the perfect time for … physicians to make sure that their patients are up-to-date on the latest recommended adult immunization schedule.”
ACP offers resources to help internists increase immunization rates, including the ACP Adult Immunization & Quality Improvement for Residents training program, which helps directors identify quality improvement projects, and the ACP Practice Advisor Adult Immunization Module, which is designed to improve office efficiency and enhance patient care.
In June 2016, ACIP voted that live attenuated influenza vaccine, should not be used during the 2016-17 influenza season. ACIP’s recommendation must be reviewed and approved by the CDC’s Director. The final recommendation will be published in a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report in late summer or early fall.