Revised recommendations for flu prevention issued
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has released its revised recommendations for the prevention and control of influenza. They update 2003 ACIP recommendations for the use of the influenza vaccine, including dosage and administration instructions, potential adverse reactions, and populations who should not be vaccinated, as well as the use of antiviral medications. Among its recommendations, ACIP says health care facilities should offer free, on-site vaccinations to all employees, including night and weekend staff, starting in October each year, with special priority given to workers who care for at-risk patients. It also advises acute care hospitals to strongly encourage patients who are 50 or older or have high-risk conditions to receive a flu vaccine before they are discharged.
For the complete revised ACIP recommendations, go to www.cdc.gov/flu. Go to the "News & Highlights" box and select "MMWR: Prevention and Control of Influenza: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)."