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Pediatrics-specific 2017-2018 Flu Season Information

Pediatrics-specific 2017-2018 Flu Season Information


For the 2017-2018 Flu Season, Flulaval manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline is a vaccine that is approved to be administered in a .5mL dose as early as 6 months and up.

What's New with the Flu

Keep your patients healthy and your practice running smoothly. Everything you need to know for the upcoming 2017-18 season is available from the CDC.

Note: It is important to note that in the 2017-2018 flu season, ACIP does not recommend LAIV (Flumist) this year (the information on this link to the 2016-2017 Flu Season still stands for the 2017-2018 Flu Season). The vaccine is still available within OP 14 for documentation purposes.

Vaccine Names and Abbreviations

OP 14 automatically adds the names and codes for the new quadrivalent vaccines to the Vaccine Code table in your database. In addition to the new vaccine products, all flu vaccine names have been changed in order to adhere to the new CDC/ACIP recommendation for vaccine abbreviations. Click here for the AAP Division of Health Care Finance recommendations for vaccine abbreviations.

ACIP Influenza Vaccine Recommendations 2017-2018 Season

Click here to access the Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices -- United States, 2017-18 Influenza Season.

Protecting Children from the Flu

If parents have questions about why they should immunize their child against the flu, the CDC has an excellent resource page that offers information about the dangers of flu to children, how to protect children from the flu, available flu vaccines for children, and why children should be vaccinated each year. It’s great information to share with your practice families.

Flu Advice for Caregivers of Young Children

Children younger than five years of age, and especially those younger than two, are at high risk of serious flu-related complications. The CDC offers advice for caregivers of young children that includes how to prevent the flu, everyday preventive actions, information about antiviral drugs to treat the flu, and steps that caregivers can follow to keep children safe if they contract the flu.

Setting Up and Scheduling Flu clinics are a Breeze with OP 14

Preparing for your annual flu clinic should not be one of the things that takes up valuable time in your practice. To see how easy it is to automate this process using OP 14, watch this comprehensive video with step-by-step instructions for flu clinic set-up and scheduling options.

Running a Flu Clinic with an iPad and a Portal

Our Medical Director, Susan J. Kressly, MD, FAAP, has been scheduling and running her flu clinics with a patient portal and iPad for years. Learn how she makes flu clinics run smoothly without picking up a telephone.Then put this to work in your own practice.

Entering Multi-Dose Vials into OP 14

Now that vaccines have arrived, it’s time to input all that inventory. Don’t worry about the multi-dose vials that just got delivered to your practice. Entering those lots into OP 14 is easy to do when you follow these simple instructions. These written directions and screenshots will guide you through the process of entering the vials – broken out by age range – so your inventory is ready to go when you start your flu clinic.

Running a Vaccine Recall Report with Ease

Rather than searching record-by-record, save time finding at-risk patients who take priority for immunizations such as the flu vaccine. Flu recall reports can be run with just a few clicks of your mouse. To see how easy it is to run a vaccine status recall report in OP 14, click here. To see how easy it is to run a vaccine given recall report, click here.

Immunization Registry

If you have an interface to a vaccine registry, watch for any error messages that may be returned. It is impossible to predict which registries are prepared for the new CVX codes associated with the new products. If you find that submissions are failing consistently in your state, let us know so we can contact them or create a CVX block-and-substitute rule.