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2020 National Influenza Vaccination Week

National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is observed from December 6-12, 2020 and focuses on highlighting the importance of flu vaccination for everyone ages 6 months and over. CDC has free, downloadable materials including multi-language seasonal flu factsheets and resources to assist you in communicating this important message to your patients. Access NIVW materials HERE.

Protect Your Patients from the Flu!

With flu season in full swing, take every opportunity to vaccinate against the flu with Florida SHOTS Reminder/Recall to be proactive and protect your patients. For step-by-step instructions for generating a list of pediatric/adolescent patients who have not received a flu vaccine in your office, check out our guide HERE. Also available in Spanish.

Ordering VFC Flu Vaccines

Vaccines for Children (VFC) participants can now order flu vaccines in Florida SHOTS. Please keep in mind that you will need to contact the VFC Program if you did not pre-book or would like to order more doses than the quantity listed on the ‘Doses Available’ column. Our guide will take you step by step on how to submit order and is also available in Spanish.

2020 – 2021 Flu Season Resources

Access CDC resources on the seasonal flu HERE.  This includes a summary of the latest recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and communication materials for patients.

VFC/VFA Flu Pre-book 2020-2021 is Open

Vaccines for Children (VFC) and Vaccines for Adult (VFA) Program participants are now able to pre-book their flu vaccines in Florida SHOTS for the 2020-2021 season. Only the Enrollee, Primary Coordinator, or Back-up Coordinator are able to enter the pre-book information into Florida SHOTS. 

Download the step-by-step guide for completing your 2020-2021 flu pre-book HERE.  Also available in Spanish HERE.

Flu Resources

Seasonal flu activity is on the rise and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has resources available for healthcare providers and patients from prevention to treatment.  Access them HERE.

VFC Shipping Flu Vaccines

The VFC Program has updated the flu pre-book ordering status to limited. * This means that providers who pre-booked may place their own flu vaccine orders not to exceed their pre-book amount. Flu vaccine doses will need to be requested through Florida SHOTS by using the Order Requests page. It is anticipated more vaccine will become available soon so those providers who did not pre-book may request flu vaccines.

*Please Note: Pre-book is now closed. If you did not pre-book, you may contact the VFC Program at [email protected] to request doses be placed in pre-book for you. Please include your VFC PIN.

Don’t Miss an Opportunity to Vaccinate!

With flu vaccination season upon us, take every patient encounter as an opportunity to check the Florida SHOTS Immunization Status page for any due or overdue vaccines. This immunization status is patient-specific and based on the ACIP recommendations and vaccines that have been entered into the patient record. Use Florida SHOTS to help keep your patients up-to-date with all required and recommended vaccines!

Protect Your Patients from the Flu!

With flu season in full swing, take every opportunity to vaccinate against the flu with Florida SHOTS Reminder/Recall to be proactive and protect your patients. For step-by-step instructions for generating a list of pediatric/adolescent patients who have not received a flu vaccine in your office, check out our guide HERE. Also available in Spanish.

Overdue Status for Flu Vaccine

With the latest registry release, we have received many inquiries regarding patients showing up as “overdue” for the influenza vaccine. Each flu season starts on July 1st of the current year and ends on June 30th of the following year. We understand that 2018-2019 flu vaccines may not be available for a few more weeks, but want to reinforce the importance of getting patients vaccinated at every opportunity.