Flu Vaccine Supplies Increase

Sanofi Pasteur has made additional influenza vaccine available for children and adults. This includes Fluzone in 0.25 mL prefilled syringes for children aged 6 through 35 months, as well as Fluzone in 0.5 mL vials for patients 3 years and older.

This means several products are now available for physicians to use with children and adults, including Afluria by CSL Biotherapies for patients 9 years and older, FluMist by MedImmune for patients 2 years and older, Fluvirin by Novartis for those 4 years and older, and Fluzone by Sanofi Pasteur for patients 6 months and older.

Several products licensed for use in adults only are also still available. This includes FluLaval by ID Biomedical Corp. for patients 18 years and older, Fluzone High-Dose by Sanofi Pasteur for those 65 years and older, and Fluzone Intradermal by Sanofi for people aged 18 through 64 years.

The National Influenza Vaccine Summit compiled a list of flu vaccines available from distributors. The updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website includes the latest recommendation on vaccinating pregnant women with Tdap during each pregnancy. The CDC also has directions on how to display vaccination schedules on your office website.

TMA's Be Wise — ImmunizeSM program offers you more information on vaccinations.

Be Wise works with physicians, medical students, and TMA Alliance members to improve vaccination rates in Texas through education and hands-on immunization clinics. The program can help you implement or enhance vaccination practices in your office with vaccination toolkits and continuing medical education courses; educate patients about vaccines in your office, in the media, or at public gatherings such as parent-teacher associations and civic organizations; host a low-cost/free vaccination clinic after hours or on the weekend; understand health care worker vaccination requirements and promote vaccinations among your employees; and keep up with the latest vaccine news.

 Be Wise — Immunize is a joint initiative led by TMA physicians and the TMA Alliance. Funding for Be Wise —Immunize is provided by the TMA Foundation thanks to generous support from H-E-B and TMF Health Quality Institute, and gifts from physicians and their families. Be Wise —Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association. 

Action, Feb. 15, 2013