Infection with influenza can cause severe illness and significant morbidity and mortality, including illness due to pneumococcal infection. Everyone aged 6 months and older should be vaccinated against influenza, especially people in priority groups. All health care workers should be vaccinated to reduce the spread of influenza. Children in day care and school are key transmitters of disease and should be vaccinated as early as possible. Vaccinate pregnant women in any trimester with TIV.
Begin offering vaccine as soon as it becomes available and continue until vaccine expires. Increase vaccination rates in your practice using multiple evidence-based approaches. Pharmacy-based vaccination can be an important adjunct to your efforts to increase influenza and pneumococcal vaccination in adults. Being a strong advocate for immunization can help increase coverage rates and lower morbidity and mortality due to influenza and pneumococcal infection in New York City.