Influenza Vaccination, Testing, and Treatment, 2020-21
On October 15, 2020, NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding influenza vaccination, testing and treatment for the 2020-2021 season.
Key Points and Recommendations:
- Review updates in the publication: Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the ACIP – United States, 2020-21 Influenza Season
- Offer and encourage influenza vaccination for everyone six months of age or older who does not have a medical contraindication. Vaccination is recommended by the end of October, but should be offered throughout the season as long as influenza is circulating.
This season’s vaccines contain updated A(H1N1), A(H3N2), and B/Victoria strains.
- Influenza vaccination will help prevent influenza illness and symptoms that might prompt investigation for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), so may help prevent a person needing to be excluded from work or school due to symptoms (see exclusion and testing recommendations for people with symptoms of COVID-19), and will help reduce burden on the healthcare system by preventing healthcare visits and hospitalizations related to influenza.
Full DHHS Alert