syringes-and-vial-1307461-640x480VERTESS, a nationally recognized leader in healthcare M+A advisory and consulting services, is committed to aiding all companies in their efforts to deliver high quality care and maximized productivity. Towards this end, we will periodically post information that might help you to accomplish this.

Why is the following discussion about the Flu Vaccine important to a company?  A healthy work force that is better protected against flu will reduce overtime, absenteeism and lost productivity. All of which can impact your bottom line.

Updated recommendations on influenza vaccination for the 2015–16 season have been issued by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and include the following:

All persons aged ≥6 months should receive influenza vaccine annually. Influenza vaccination should not be delayed to procure a specific vaccine preparation if an appropriate one is already available.

Routine annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons aged ≥6 months who do not have contraindications. Optimally, vaccination should occur before onset of influenza activity in the community. Health care providers should offer vaccination by October, if possible. Vaccination should continue to be offered as long as influenza viruses are circulating. Children aged 6 months through 8 years who require 2 doses (see “Vaccine Dose Considerations for Children Aged 6 Months through 8 Years”) should receive their first dose as soon as possible after vaccine becomes available, and the second dose ≥4 weeks later.

To avoid missed opportunities for vaccination, providers should offer vaccination to unvaccinated persons aged ≥6 months during routine health care visits and hospitalizations when vaccine is available.

VERTESS encourages all healthcare providers and behavioral health programs to review the entire guideline which is available at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6430a3.htm .

If you have additional thoughts or questions, please contact our Physician Consultant, Glenn Lippman, MD at glippman@vertess.com