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What’s the Latest with the Flu in an Era of COVID-19, December 2020


KNOW YOUR COMMUNITY PREVALENCE OF INFLUENZA AND COVID-19

Seasonal influenza activity in the United States remains low

AAP State Data Reports of COVID-19 in Children (Updated weekly)

State-level reports are the best publicly available on child COVID-19 cases in the United States. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association are collaborating to collect and share all publicly available data from states on child COVID-19 cases. Check for weekly updates here.

LEARN MORE ABOUT 20-21 INFLUENZA RECOMMENDATIONS

Free AAP PediaLink Course: Preventing and Treating Influenza During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This six-part series provides key information about the 2020-2021 flu season and current AAP policy recommendations for routine use of seasonal influenza vaccine and antiviral medications for the prevention and treatment of influenza in infants, children, and adolescents. (Note: Course does not offer CME credit or certificate of completion)

Webinar Recording Available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

A recording of the CDC Recommendation for Influenza Prevention and Treatment in Children webinar held on October 8, 2020 is now available, along with a transcript of the recording. Learn more about Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) webinars, including continuing education, here.

CDC FAQ Resource: What You Need to Know for 2020-21

USE THESE TOOLS TO CARE FOR PATIENTS IN THE 20-21 INFLUENZA SEASON

Administering Influenza Vaccine and Catch-up on Other Vaccines

General Resource

AAP Interim Guidance "Caring for Children With Acute Illness in the Ambulatory Care Setting During the Public Health Emergency"

Influenza Testing During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Influenza Treatment

ACTION STEPS FOR PEDIATRICIANS

  1. Continue to administer influenza vaccines! Providers may continue to offer vaccine until June 30th of each year when the seasonal influenza vaccine expires because the duration of influenza circulation is unpredictable.

  2. Use every patient encounter to catch up on childhood and adolescent immunizations. Vaccine rates have fallen to alarmingly low levels during COVID-19, increasing the risk of outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases.

  3. Promote influenza vaccination during National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW): December 2-12, 2020.

The CDC NIVW website includes:

Additional Information 

See the AAP Red Book Online Influenza Resource pageAAP Red Book Online COVID-19CDC FluView

This message is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $200,000 with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government. 




What's the Latest with the Flu for Early Child Care Providers and Educators

Find up-to-date information on the flu for early care providers.