New York State has declared an influenza public health emergency.
Anyone who has not yet been vaccinated this season should get a flu vaccine now. If you need more vaccine, flu vaccine is still available for purchase although some specific products may not be available. For a list of available products and where to purchase them, visit http://www.izsummitpartners.org/ivats/. DOHMH still has Vaccines for Children (VFC) vaccine available for enrolled providers. Providers enrolled in the VFC program who need to order additional vaccine or have questions about their flu vaccine order, can visit www.nyc.gov/health/cir to log onto the Online Registry to place or track a request. You may also send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not have flu vaccine or cannot buy additional doses, refer your patients to a pharmacy for vaccination.
The purpose of this Health Advisory is to notify state and local health departments, healthcare providers, and laboratories about current safety alerts. Please see the NYC Health Alert Network (HAN) for up-to-date health alert information.