June 29 2016 10:37 AM

On June 22, 2016 ACIP announced recommendations for the 2016-17 influenza season. Live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), also known as the "nasal spray" flu vaccine, should not be used during the 2016-2017 flu season. AAP endorsed those recommendations. On June 27, 2016, Dr. Remley (AAP CEO) offered further guidance to practices.

ACTION STEPS FOR PRACTICE CONSIDERATION FROM PA AAP

  • Read the ACIP and AAP statements and inform your staff
  • Pre-book extra injectables NOW
  • Cancel your intranasal orders NOW (also tell staff NOT to respond to confirmations on your pre-booked FluMist or you may be financially responsible)
  • For VFC orders: Find your order form that was already submitted, cross out FluMist, change your order numbers for the other injectable flu vaccines and re-fax your order form ASAP to VFC