Vaccinations Urged this Holiday Season
Given the anticipated increase in respiratory infections this winter, America's healthcare professional organizations reminded the public of the importance of vaccinations and early treatment.
A strong recommendation from a trusted clinician is one of the most effective strategies to increase vaccine uptake, wrote these organizations on November 21, 2022.
We encourage our members to use every interaction with patients to make strong vaccine recommendations.
And to answer questions about prevention and treatment options.
To maximize the uptake of vaccines after counseling, our organizations will continue to advocate for access to vaccines and evidence-based treatments for everyone.
Given the higher morbidity and mortality among older people, pregnant and recently pregnant women, and immunocompromised people, we strongly recommend that healthcare professionals increase their timely use of effective treatments.
While newer variants may not respond to some existing treatments, healthcare professionals must be ready and able to prescribe life-saving oral antiviral treatments for COVID-19 and influenza to those at the highest risk.
It is critical that everyone, especially those at risk for serious illness, understand the importance of early communication with their clinicians as soon as they test positive for an infection.
We commit to continue working with federal partners to provide usable and consistent information and emerging evidence-based tools that we can rapidly push to our members.
The time to act is now!
The nation's organizations of healthcare professionals are ready and willing to do all we can to encourage vaccination and evidence-based treatments in the critical months ahead.
The U.S. CDC updates its recommended vaccine schedule each year, with adjustments to address every changing viruses.
This statement is from the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Academy of Physician Associates, American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Physicians, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Geriatrics Society, American Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association, Council of Medical Specialty Societies, Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.
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