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Vaccines

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Influenza Vaccine 2014-2015

  • This season’s trivalent influenza vaccines will contain an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus, A/Texas/50/2012 (H3N2)-like virus, and a B/Massachusetts/2/2012-like virus. Quadrivalent vaccines will include an additional vaccine virus, a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.
  • Several recently-licensed vaccines External link are available for the 2014-15 season, and are acceptable alternatives to other licensed vaccines indicated for their respective age groups when otherwise appropriate.

Vaccination Recommendations

  • The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) published complete recommendations for the prevention and control of influenza with vaccines External link in the August 15, 2014 edition of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
  • The ACIP recommends annual influenza vaccination for all persons aged ≥ 6 months. 
  • The ACIP recommends all health care workers receive a flu vaccine. Be sure to get your vaccine and encourage your colleagues to do the same.
  • The CDC recommends use of the nasal spray vaccine for healthy children 2 through 8 years of age when it is immediately available and if the child has no contraindications or precautions to that vaccine. If the nasal spray vaccine is not immediately available and the flu shot is, vaccination should not be delayed and a flu shot should be given. For more information see: Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine in Children 2 through 8 Years Old External link or the 2014-2015 MMWR Influenza Vaccine Recommendations. External link

Use of State-Supplied Influenza Vaccine

Influenza vaccine provided by the North Carolina Immunization Program (NCIP) is only available for children who are eligible for the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. Providers wishing to immunize adult patients or children who are not VFC-eligible must purchase vaccine for those groups. Refer to the current NCIP coverage criteria and definitions of VFC categories for more information.

Resources

FIGURE 1. Influenza vaccine dosing algorithm for children aged 6 months through 8 years — Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, United States, 2014–15 influenza season

FIGURE 2. Recommendations regarding influenza vaccination of persons who report allergy to eggs — Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, United States, 2014–15 influenza season