Influenza vaccination: What’s new this season?


Source:   Journal of Family  Practice, 2015 September;64(9):573-576.

Doug Campos-Outcalt, MD, MPA
Medical Director, Mercy Care Plan, Phoenix, Ariz

One IIV trivalent product can now be given with a needle-free jet injector. A recombinant vaccine formulation is available for those who have egg allergy. The algorithm for dosing in children now asks just one question.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published its recommendations for the use of influenza vaccines for the 2015-2016 influenza season.  To see the CDC’s Web site, click here.
This Practice Alert describes recent changes in vaccine products, discusses
  • the timing of vaccination,
  • reviews a new algorithm for deciding on the number of doses for children ages 6 months through 8 years,
  • and raises issues to consider when thinking about specific products for individual patients.