Influenza – For Physicians
During the 2020-21 influenza season, with the state still working to slow the spread of the novel respiratory virus SARS-CoV-2,
it’s more important than ever for Washingtonians to get their flu shot.
On this page, find resources and information to help you and your practice or organization respond to flu during the pandemic.
Be Safe. Be Smart. Get Your Flu Shot. campaign
Facing a “twindemic” of flu and COVID-19, the WSMA has launched its Be Safe. Be Smart. Get Your Flu Shot. patient
awareness campaign. The campaign initially focused on early vaccination, with
published featuring WSMA members, and a partnership with the Washington State Department of Health to offer
patient materials (in English and Spanish).
The WSMA has now introduced dedicated campaign webpages at wsma.org/flu. Our
patient page features a vaccine finder
to help patients find vaccines near them and messaging emphasizing the importance of getting vaccinated during the pandemic. Our
professional page will features up-to-date flu vaccine information from the Department of Health, as well as professional and
patient resources for physician practices.
Media and public service announcements
In the weeks ahead, together with more targeted media outreach statewide, the WSMA will produce a series of 30-second public
service announcements featuring WSMA members speaking directly to their patients, leveraging the trust patients have in their
family doctors. We’ll post these PSAs throughout our digital channels, as well as distribute to our partners.
Keep track of updates on our efforts at wsma.org/flu. And help “boost our signal” by following
us on social media and amplifying our flu messaging. Find the WSMA on Twitter,
CDC flu vaccination recommendations for 2020-21 season
The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
2020-2021 Influenza Vaccination Recommendations and Clinical Guidance during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Watch: A CDC
presentation on the new flu vaccination recommendations and clinical guidance.
Also, don’t miss the
CDC Pink Book Series
- This a series of weekly one-hour web-on-demand videos provides general best practices, immunization strategies, and more.
AMA: New CPT codes for multi-virus tests detect COVID-19 and flu
The American Medical Association published an update to the CPT® code set that includes new code additions and editorial revisions
for reporting medical services sparked by the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the AMA website
DOH flu toolkit for your practice
The Washington State Department of Health received federal funding through the CARES Act to enhance the state's annual seasonal flu
prevention efforts. With these funds, the Department of Health launched the Think of It as Essential campaign in mid-September to
promote the importance of making the choice to get a flu vaccine this year. As a supplement to the statewide campaign, the DOH
offers a partner toolkit, developed with input from the WSMA, which includes patient education materials in both English and
Spanish, targeting older adults (65 and older), people at higher risk for flu complications, school/parents, health care workers.
Review the DOH partner toolkit.
Adult flu vaccine doses available
Through the aid of a CDC grant, the Washington State Department of Health will have additional adult doses for un- and
available later this fall. These adult doses will be distributed to physicians and providers participating in the state's adult vaccine program. To enroll,
complete the provider agreement form located in Appendix A of the
Adult Vaccine Program User Manual. Email WAAdultVaccines@doh.wa.gov for details.
Washington State Childhood Vaccine Program updates
Make sure your practice or organization is receiving important updates to the Washington State Department of Health's vaccine
ordering and delivery system. To subscribe or if you have questions, email the Vaccine Management team at
WAChildhoodVaccines@doh.wa.gov or call at 360.236.2VAX.