Make a Strong Influenza Vaccine Recommendation

As a health care professional, your strong recommendation is a critical factor in whether your patients get an influenza vaccine. Most adults believe vaccines are important, but they need a reminder from you to get vaccinated. After making your recommendation, follow up with each patient during subsequent appointments to ensure the patient received an influenza vaccine. If the patient still is unvaccinated, repeat the recommendation and try to identify and address any questions or concerns.


Make a Strong Influenza Vaccine Recommendation (SHARE)

It is important that all patients to receive a strong recommendation for vaccination from their provider. CDC suggests using the SHARE method to make a strong vaccine recommendation and provide important information to help patients make informed decisions about vaccinations:

CDC suggests using the SHARE method to make a strong vaccine recommendation and provide important information to help patients make informed decisions about vaccinations:

SHARE the reasons why an influenza vaccine is right for the patient given his or her age, health status, lifestyle, occupation, or other risk factors.

HIGHLIGHT positive experiences with influenza vaccines (personal or in your practice), as appropriate, to reinforce the benefits and strengthen confidence in influenza vaccination.

ADDRESS patient questions and any concerns about influenza vaccines, including side effects, safety, and vaccine effectiveness in plain and understandable language. Acknowledge that while people who get an influenza vaccine may still get sick, there are studies that show that illness may be less severe.

REMIND patients that influenza vaccines help protect them and their loved ones from serious influenza illness and complications that can result in hospitalization or even death for some people.

EXPLAIN the potential costs of getting influenza, including potential serious health effects for the patient, time lost (such as missing work or family obligations), financial costs, and potentially spreading influenza to more vulnerable family or friends.

2020-2021 Flu Season ACIP Recommendations  Prepare Your Practice to Fight Flu: Get meaterials and resources to improve your influenza and vaccination rates this year.

Available Influenza Vaccines

  • All influenza vaccines this season are quadrivalent (4-component) vaccines, designed to protect against four different influenza viruses, including two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses.
  • There are many different influenza vaccine options with varying indications, including egg-free and thimerosal-free influenza vaccines, high dose and adjuvanted vaccines for older patients, and a nasal spray vaccine.
  • Approved for people 6 months of age and older.
  • Most influenza shots are given in an arm muscle with a needle.
  • The nasal spray vaccine is approved for people between 2 and 49 years old.
  • The live attenuated influenza vaccine is not recommended for pregnant people and for people with some medical conditions.
  • This is a good option for healthy people in this age group who are not pregnant and who do not like needles.
  • Approved for adults 18 years and older
  • Produced using a method that does not require an egg-grown virus.
  • Egg-free
  • Approved for adults 65 years and older
  • Approved for adults 65 years and older
  • Produced by growing virus in cultured cells of mammalian origin instead of in eggs.
  • Egg-free

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Dr. Tolu Adebanjo Describes How She Recommends Influenza Vaccine to Pediatric Patients

In this video from the #HowIRecommend series, Dr. Tolu Adebanjo, MD, explains how she talks to parents about influenza vaccine.

For more information about available influenza vaccines and vaccine supply for the 2021-2022 season, visit Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Supply and Distribution.

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