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Promoting Flu Vaccine During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Flu recommendations during the COVID-1p Pandemic.

2020 Pink Book Series

CDC is offering a series of weekly one-hour web-on-demand videos that will provide an overview of vaccination principles, general best practices, immunization strategies, and specific information about vaccine-preventable diseases and the vaccines that prevent them. There is no registration process to view the sessions. The link to each course can be accessed on/after the indicated date. Please visit the Pink Book series page for the schedule and additional information. Continuing Education (CE) will be available for each event.

Routine Childhood Vaccines During COVID-19

Below is CDC’s recommendation regarding routine childhood vaccines during COVID-19. We anticipate the information will be posted shortly to Resources for Clinics and Healthcare Facilities. Please share as appropriate.

Maintaining Childhood Immunizations During COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing rapidly and continues to affect communities across the United States differently. Some of the strategies used to slow the spread of disease in communities include postponing or cancelling non-urgent elective procedures and using telemedicine instead of face-to-face encounters for routine medical visits.

Ensuring the delivery of newborn and well-child care, including childhood immunization, requires different strategies. Healthcare providers in communities affected by COVID-19 are using strategies to separate well visits from sick visits. Examples include:

  • Scheduling well visits in the morning and sick visits in the afternoon
  • Separating patients spatially, such as by placing patients with sick visits in different areas of the clinic or another location from patients with well visits.
  • Collaborating with providers in the community to identify separate locations for holding well visits for children.

Because of personal, practice, or community circumstances related to COVID-19, some providers may not be able to provide well child visits, including provision of immunizations, for all patients in their practice. If a practice can provide only limited well child visits, healthcare providers are encouraged to prioritize newborn care and vaccination of infants and young children (through 24 months of age) when possible. CDC is monitoring the situation and will continue to provide guidance.

Resources

Provider Education

Earn continuing education credits through trainings offered by the N.C. Immunization Branch and others.  Access online guides for the NCIR and more.

North Carolina Immunization Program (NCIP) Requirements

Review the basics of the NCIP, learn how to join and what’s required of an enrolled provider. Access links to important documents like the NCIP Coverage Criteria and NCIP Coverage Criteria Supplement, memos from the Immunization Branch, vaccine storage and handling resources, vaccine information statements and resources on reporting vaccine preventable diseases in North Carolina.

NCIP Provider Resource Guide

A printable guide to everything you need to know about the NCIP and NCIR.

i. Table of Contents (PDF 19 KB) (Updated June 2018)
I. Contact Information (PDF 1.27 MB) (Updated September 10, 2020)
II. NCIP Program Information (PDF 794 KB) (Updated January 2018)
III. Clinical and Administrative (PDF 7.4 KB) (Updated September 17, 2020)
IV. Storage & Handling (PDF 2.43 KB) (Updated May 19, 2020))
V. Communicable Disease Reporting & Law (PDF 1.18 MB) (Updated July 15, 2020)
VI. Resources (PDF 64 KB) (Updated January 2018)
VII. North Carolina Immunization Registry (NCIR) (PDF 1.09 MB) (Updated January 2018)

North Carolina Immunization Registry (NCIR)

Learn about the NCIR and how it can help your practice track immunizations and identify patients who need vaccinations. 

Resources

View and download important documents like VAL forms, reminder/recall post cards and access clinical tools created by the N.C. Immunization Branch and others.

 


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Updated: September 28, 2020