Influenza Information for Clinicians

Talk To Your Patients about Flu Vaccination Now

Begin recommending flu vaccine now, and vaccinate throughout the flu season, providing extra outreach to those at highest risk of severe COVID-​19 or severe influenza.

The COVID-19 pandemic means preventing influenza is more important than ever. Preventing influenza means fewer people will need to seek medical care and testing for possible COVID-19 or influenza. Increasing flu vaccination saves healthcare resources for COVID-19 and other conditions.

Masking Requirements for Healthcare Workers

A new Health Order issued September 12, 2022 by the County of Santa Clara Health Officer puts in place a local requirement for use of a face covering in higher-risk settings, including all health care facilities. As described in that order, a face covering must be well-fitted to an individual and cover the nose and mouth, especially while talking, consistent with the guidance of the CDPH. A face covering does not include a scarf, ski mask, balaclava, bandana, turtleneck, collar, or single layer of fabric or any mask that has an unfiltered one-way exhaust valve. Individuals are strongly urged to wear KN95, KF94, N95, or similarly protective face coverings.

Given this universal masking requirement for health care facilities, the separate requirement for masking of health care facility staff not vaccinated against influenza has been rescinded. Vaccination of health care facility staff against influenza each year remains very important for the protection of the community. Health care organizations are strongly recommended to continue any current practices supporting influenza vaccination for all personnel.

Health Alerts and Clinical Guidance

Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices — United States, 2022–23 Influenza Season - U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, August 26, 2022

Data on Flu in Santa Clara County

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