Make a Strong Flu Vaccine Recommendation
As a health care professional, your strong recommendation is a critical factor that affects whether your patients get an influenza vaccine. Most adults believe vaccines are important, but they need a reminder from you to get vaccinated. 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 to try to identify and address any questions or concerns.
Making a Strong Flu Vaccine Recommendation (SHARE)
It is necessary for some patients to receive a strong recommendation 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:
SHARE the reasons why the 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 the influenza vaccine, including side effects, safety, and vaccine effectiveness in plain and understandable language.
REMIND patients that influenza vaccines protect them and their loved ones from serious influenza illness and influenza-related complications.
EXPLAIN the potential costs of getting influenza, including serious health effects, time lost (such as missing work or family obligations), and financial costs.
Types of Vaccinations Available
The following flu vaccines are recommended for the 2018-19 flu season:*
Carol Hayes, CNM, Describes How She Recommends Flu Vaccine
“How do you recommend flu vaccine to patients and why do you say it that way?” During this segment of the “#HowIRecommend vaccine” video series, Carol Hayes, CNM, describes her flu vaccine conversations with patients.
More information about available influenza vaccines and vaccine supply for the 2018-2019 season, visit Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Supply for the U.S. 2018-2019 Influenza Season.
- Page last reviewed: October 20, 2017
- Page last updated: September 21, 2018
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- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)
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