How One Health System is Addressing the Upcoming Influenza Season
The New York City-based Montefiore Health System is preparing for the upcoming influenza season with a plan to vaccinate employees, patients, and their community.
Concern for the “twindemic” with cocirculating SARS-COV-2 and influenza viruses make flu vaccination even more important than ever. As in the prior years, Montefiore will be offering flu vaccination to all patients and associates to protect the Bronx community, where the health system is headquartered.
This year, all flu vaccines are quadrivalent and are available in a number of formulations including egg-free formulation for persons with severe egg allergies, and high dose vaccine for persons over the age of 65. In addition, flu and COVID vaccines can be given at the same time, and all COVID vaccination sites will be able to administer flu vaccines, as well. For persons recovering from COVID, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends delaying flu vaccination until isolation can be discontinued. Only people who have suffered a severe reaction to influenza vaccination in the past, and some people with a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome, should discuss flu vaccine formulation and safety of vaccination with their doctor.
- For employees: our flu vaccination program includes traveling flu pods that will be available at Montefiore hospitals and ambulatory sites, as well as centralized vaccination stations.
- For patients: the flu vaccines will be available at doctor’s offices and community health clinics, and can also be obtained at local pharmacies. Hospitalized patients can receive the flu vaccine, as well.
Montefiore is recommending that all persons should continue to wear a mask in accordance with COVID pandemic precautions to protect themselves and those around them from other circulating respiratory viruses, in addition to flu and COVID viruses.