Dental Health Provider Compliance

Important Updates on the 2020–21 U.S. Influenza Season

The CDC’s snapshot on the upcoming 2020–21 U.S. Influenza Season based on the still prevailing SARS-CoV-2 virus is an important topic for DHCPs at this time

Some important info:
  • It is unclear what impact the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will have on the upcoming influenza season in the U.S.
  • There is an anticipated trend that there may be less influenza than usual because of social distancing and other measures to reduce COVID-19.
  • Influenza viruses and SARS-CoV-2 may co-circulate.
  • People may be co-infected with influenza and SARS-CoV-2.
  • Presence of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza at the same time could place tremendous burden on the health care system.

Therefore the CDC states that routine Immunization Services Remain Critical. Despite some recent promising trends in COVID-19 statistics, infection control practices will remain critical, as we are entering into flu season while caring for patients during the time of a declared pandemic. According to the linked Newsletter from Total Medical Compliance , the combination of SARS-CoV-2 virus and the influenza season can lead to a perfect storm in a health care practice setting.

Vaccinations for Persons with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19: Routine vaccination should be deferred for persons with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, regardless of symptoms.

The CDC’s Vaccination Guidance Is Continuously Being Reviewed and Updated. Anyone interested in receiving updated guidance and updates by the CDC on this topic can do so by going to the CDC’s website and clicking on “Get email updates.”

While, as a company, we cannot require anyone to get vaccinated at this time, we strongly encourage you to get educated, especially as employees at a dental care facility/DCHPs.

The CDC has various resources for patients and healthcare providers that are provided at no charge. You may locate these items on the CDC Website, at CDC Influenza. They include patient fact sheets on flu, vaccination recommendations and information sheets, and posters. Specific guidance for health care professionals is found here. In this CDC video, there is a recommendation to foster a strong culture of vaccination within the practice for both patients and staff.

Just as importantly, the ADA’s stance on the vaccine is aligned with the CDC, as you can see here.

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