Encourage Patients to Get Vaccinated Now for the 2018-2019 Influenza Season
You'll see more interest in influenza vaccines for 2018-2019...due to record-breaking hospitalizations from flu last year.
Which injectable flu vaccine is preferred? There isn't one. Recommend your hospital's formulary vaccine. Emphasize that it's more important to be vaccinated than to worry about which vaccine to get.
For example, seniors may hear they should get high-dose trivalent (Fluzone High-Dose) or adjuvanted trivalent (Fluad). Point out that it's too soon to say if these vaccines designed to boost immunity are better than a quadrivalent vaccine...which makes up 80% of this year's supply.