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Influenza Vaccines now in stock!!

posted Sep 13, 2013, 12:46 PM by PC/SM Chief Resident
Our influenza vaccines have arrived.  Much of what I am about to tell you is similar to last year but please read as a reminder

WE HAVE TWO "TYPES" OF INFLUENZA VACCINE: (READ THIS AS NEED THIS INFO WHEN ORDERING)
1.  High dose -- This is called "high dose Fluzone" in the EMR Immunization ordering screen -- recommended for patients  age 65 and older
2.  Standard dose -- This is called "Fluarix" in the EMR Immunization ordering screen -- receommneded for ALL adults 
>> Note -- These are both trivalent vaccines <<

WHO IS RECOMMENDED TO GET THE INFLUENZA VACCINE?
Everybody over the age of 6 months  (See link to CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/acip/2013-summary-recommendations.htm)

PATIENT FLOW ON THE UNIT?
Last year I think we did an excellent job at moving patients through the practice.   We need your help again -- The secret is to order the vaccine at the BEGINNING of the visit and put up your green flag.  The nursing staff may come in during the visit, while a resident is precepting, or after the visit is over.
1.  IF YOU HAVE 2 EXAM ROOMS -- If the visit is over and the LPN has not come to vaccinate, leave the patient in your exam room and move on to the next patient
2.  IF YOU HAVE 1 EXAM ROOM (Some residents) -- Order the vaccine as early in session as possible, but definitely before precepting.   If when visit is complete the patient has not ben vaccinate then send the patient back to the waiting area and nursing will recall the patient -- LEAVE YOUR GREEN FLAG UP and when nursing arrives let them know that the patient is in the waiting area

>> Please remember to sign your vaccine orders and route note to nursing bin -- LPN cannot administer vaccine without an order <<

WHAT IS MY PATIENT WAS SEEN IN AUGUST, CAN THEY GET VACCINATED WITHOUT ANOTHER APPOINTMENT WITH ME?
Yes -- we will have set aside sessions each week in Sept-Nov for patients to come in and get vaccinated without needing to see their PCPs
DO NOT....tell your patients to "just walk-in" -- this would create chaos

IS THERE GOING TO BE ANY OUTREACH TO PATIENTS?
Yes -- we will be outreaching (CALLING)  to patients 65 and older and to those with DM

WHAT IF I HAVE A NUMBER OF PATIENTS WHO I WOULD LIKE OUTREACHED, IS IT POSSIBLE TO ADD MY PATIENTS TO THE OUTREACH LIST?
Yes -- give such a list to your partner LPN and we will have a process to help make this happen

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