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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Seasonal flu activity is on the rise, both in Florida and across the U.S. The best way to prevent flu is to get vaccinated. The VFC Program has plenty of flu vaccine available to ship immediately, and VFC staff are prioritizing the approval of these orders. Providers will not be held responsible for flu vaccine that expires in their storage units. Login to Florida SHOTS to place your order today!
For those providers who completed the seasonal flu pre-book in Florida SHOTS earlier in the year, you can now place orders directly using the “Order Request” page. If you did not complete the seasonal pre-book process, you will first need to place your pre-book by submitting your request to [email protected]
Once this is completed, you will be able to place orders through Florida SHOTS. Click HERE to access the guide on how to place flu vaccine orders within Florida SHOTS or HERE for the Spanish version of the guide.
As always, if you have specific questions, please contact the VFC Program via email at [email protected] or via phone at 1-877-888-7468.
All adults, including pregnant women, should get the influenza (flu) vaccine each year to protect against seasonal flu. Every adult should have one dose of Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis or whooping cough) if they did not get Tdap as a teen, and then get the Td (tetanus and diphtheria) booster vaccine every 10 years. Pregnant women should receive a Tdap vaccine each time they are pregnant, preferably at 27 through 36 weeks.
Adults 60 years and older are recommended to receive the shingles vaccine. Additionally, adults 65 and older are recommended to receive one or more pneumococcal vaccines. Some adults younger than 65 years with certain high-risk conditions are also recommended to receive one or more pneumococcal vaccinations.
Adults may need other vaccines (such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and HPV) depending on their age, occupation, travel, medical conditions, vaccinations they have already received, or other considerations. For more information about adult vaccines click HERE. #NIAM
Remember that all seasonal flu vaccines expire June 30th each year. Be sure to adjust all VFC flu doses in your inventory in Florida SHOTS for the number of doses expired as well as for the number of doses administered. Florida SHOTS ‘Inventory Transaction History’ will indicate quantities that you have had in your inventory for all flu vaccines.
Click on ‘Adjust Inventory:’
- Decrease the inventory by the number of doses that are expired from the drop-down menu and select “Expired.”
- Decrease the inventory by the number of doses that your office administered and select “Doses administered” from the drop-down menu.
- After making these adjustments, return to the Transaction History & your flu inventory should be -0-. Once all adjustments are made, proceed with the Return & Waste protocol.
We will be hosting live trainings throughout the month of June to walk you through this as well VFC return and waste process. Sign up today!