Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) works collaboratively with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)(www.cdc.gov), which advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(www.cdc.gov) on immunizations. To prevent the spread of influenza, the AAFP recommends that physicians offer influenza vaccination as soon as it becomes available each year and continue to provide the vaccine throughout the flu season (i.e., as long as influenza viruses are circulating in the community).
The AAFP has adopted the 2013-2014 recommendations(48 page PDF) for the prevention and control of influenza with vaccines, which are consistent with that of ACIP. These recommendations are also available on the CDC Web site(www.cdc.gov).
The recommendations include several new, recently licensed vaccines available for 2013-2014, which are acceptable alternatives to other licensed vaccines, indicated for their respective age groups. Routine annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons aged 6 months and older.
For Health Care Personnel (HCP)
The AAFP supports annual mandatory influenza immunization for health care personnel (HCP) except for religious or medical reasons (not personal preferences). If HCP are not vaccinated, policies to adjust practice activities during flu season are appropriate (e.g. wear masks, refrain from direct patient care). (Board Chair approved June, 2011)
For Pregnant Women
Read a letter issued by the Department of Health & Human Services(www.hhs.gov) in conjunction with the AAFP and other organizations urging health care providers to recommend that pregnant and postpartum women receive the influenza vaccine.
Triage Protocol for Suspected H1N1 Influenza Infection
This protocol assists physicians and health care professionals in the management of the expected surge of patients during an influenza pandemic. Download the protocol algorithm(2 page PDF).