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Don't Wait, Get Your Flu Shot or Antiviral Treatment

November 25, 2021 • 9:52 am CST
(Precision Vaccinations)

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a new Health Alert Network Advisory on November 24, 2021, focused on the recent influenza A(H3N2) activity that could mark the beginning of the long-delayed 2021-2022 influenza season.

The purpose of this Advisory (CDCHAN-00458) is to remind everyone seasonal influenza vaccines are available for most people six months and older.

And, the CDC has determined flu shots and COVID-19 vaccines can be given at the same visit, but in different arms.

Clinicians should consider testing patients for influenza virus and SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infections in patients presenting with influenza-like illness (ILI).

Furthermore, clinicians should recommend antiviral treatments as early as possible for any patient with confirmed or suspected ILI who is:

  • hospitalized;
  • at higher risk for influenza complications; or,
  • developing a progressive illness.

In patients with suspected influenza, decisions about starting antiviral treatment should not wait for laboratory confirmation of influenza.

However, COVID-19 should be excluded if a rapid assay is available.

The balance of this Health Advisory is published on this CDC webpage.

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