MMS Flu Advisory: State Issues 2010-11 Flu Season Recommendations

Flu Advisory BoxThe annual flu vaccine is now recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has distributed recommendations and resources for health care providers related to vaccine dosing, high risk groups, Medicare reimbursement, surveillance and testing, chemoprophylaxis and treatment, and infection control.

Please see the full document (.pdf) for information about:

  • Massachusetts regulations requiring licensed clinics, dialysis centers, hospitals, and long-term care facilities to provide every employee with information about the risks and benefits of flu vaccine and to provide flu vaccine at no cost to all employee;
  • High risk groups, including two groups newly identified as at increased risk: American Indians/Alaska Natives and people who are morbidly obese;
  • An algorithm to determine dosing recommendations for children;
  • Use of trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV) for people at higher risk of influenza complications;
  • Screening for possible reactive airway disease before using LAIV for children aged 2 – 4 years, and not using LAIV in children with asthma or a recent wheezing episode;
  • Use only of oseltamivir or zanamivir for chemoprophylaxis or treatment of influenza;
  • Medicare reimbursement for administration of flu and pneumococcal vaccines;
  • How to purchase vaccine, and target populations and dosing for each vaccine;
  • Testing and treatment recommendations, including use of antivirals and infection control.

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