Posted on December 07, 2016 in: Professional Practice
Dec. 4-10, 2016 is National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW)! Use this time to promote the importance of vaccinations as well as educating yourself and patients on the updated recommendations and resources related to vaccine-preventable diseases and their vaccines.
Find more information on NIVW at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: www.CDC.gov/flu/nivw. The site contains information for patients and practitioners as well as resources and images for sharing information about this health observance.
Do you know how Michigan compares to other states for influenza cases this year? Check out weekly national flu reports at www.CDC.gov/flu/weekly. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) also works with the CDC Influenza Hospitalization Surveillance Project to provide population-based rates of hospitalization due to severe influenza surveillance for Clinton, Eaton, Genesee and Ingham counties. MDHHS also monitors Michigan data using the MDHHS Influenza Sentinel Hospital Network, which tracks voluntary influenza-related admission rates by hospitals statewide. If you are interested in being part of this surveillance program, contact Seth Eckel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MDHHS has made some updates to its Seasonal Influenza Vaccines 2016-17 Guidance document, Two Dose Vaccine Chart for 2016-17 and information regarding Inactivated Influenza Vaccines.
For more information regarding vaccinations, be sure to utilize Michigan Pharmacists Association’s resources at www.MichiganPharmacists.org/resources/immunization.