Thursday, July 21, 2011

Influenza Update 7/21/11

Maine CDC has issued a letter to health care providers who have registered with the Maine Immunization Program to offer state-supplied flu vaccine regarding vaccine availability.

For the 2011-12 season, Maine CDC plans to provide seasonal influenza vaccine for:

  • All Maine children ages 6 months to 18 years-old
  • Employees of schools that provide onsite vaccine clinics on school days
  • Pregnant women and their partners (through health care providers who routinely care for pregnant women)
  • Nursing home employees and residents
  • Any underinsured or uninsured adult in any setting (for patients who do not have insurance or whose insurance does not cover vaccines)
  • All individuals served by Tribal health centers and Municipal Health Departments

Information on the vaccine ordering process will be posted at in August. Tools and resources for those conducting school-located vaccine clinics (SLVC) will also be updated in August.

FDA has approved the 2011-12 influenza vaccine formulation for all six manufacturers licensed to produce and distribute flu vaccine for the US.

US CDC has updated its online flu information, including:

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