Communicating the importance of immunization to wary patients is key during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out our new slideshow for the most recent CDC guidance for clinicians.
Social distancing measures put in place to reduce the transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have led to decreased use of routine preventive medical services, including immunization services because many patients are scared to go out in public and particularly concerned about visiting a health care setting. Ensuring that routine vaccination is maintained or reinitiated during the current pandemic is important to protect patients from vaccine-preventable diseases, especially as influenza season approaches.
In the slideshow below, we highlight key takeaways from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for immunization services during the COVID-19 pandemic that can help clinicians ensure concerned patients are receiving the proper vaccinations.
Vaccine recommendations during COVID-19. All vaccines due or overdue should be administered according to the recommended CDC immunization schedules during that visit, unless a specific contraindication exists, to provide protection as soon as possible as well as minimize the number of health care visits needed to complete vaccination.
Considerations for routine vaccination. Children and adolescents:
Considerations for routine vaccination. Pregnant women: If administration of the recommended maternal vaccines (tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, acellular pertussis, influenza) has been delayed due to reduced or deferred in-person prenatal care visits, pregnant women should be scheduled for follow-up and receive vaccination during the next in-person appointment.
Considerations for routine vaccination. Adults:
Considerations for influenza vaccination. Use every opportunity during influenza vaccination season to administer influenza vaccines to all eligible persons, including:
Vaccination of persons with suspected or confirmed COVID-19: