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Influenza Vaccination: Trends, Recommendations, and Best Practices

Influenza Vaccination: Trends, Recommendations, and Best Practices

Historically, health care professionals have focused on preventing influenza morbidity and mortality with vaccine, chiefly in the elderly and high-risk populations. Today, the larger public health objective is to prevent epidemics via complementary immunization strategies, which can include herd protection through vaccination of people who spread viruses to those at highest risk of complications and poor outcomes. New immunization strategies include vaccinating healthy children, adults, and health care workers. Efficacy data are presented for of trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV) and live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), administered by nasal spray.

Highlights:

  • Burden of Influenza and Strategies for Prevention
  • Influenza Virus Mutation and Transmission
  • Best Practice From a Health Plan Standpoint
  • Real-World Experience of a Family Practitioner
  • Virginia’s Stay on Track Daycare Initiative
  • Panel Discussion: Overcoming Barriers to Immunization

This supplement is based on the Influenza Vaccine Expert Roundtable, held in Chicago on April 19, 2007. The authors include Robert Belshe, MD, considered a leader in the field of influenza prevention.