Additional points from LA County Department of Public Health (DPH) Immunization Program:
- Health care providers should be particularly diligent in ensuring that all persons at higher risk of severe illness receive vaccine and are encouraged to use evidence-based practices such as reminder-recall systems to do so.
- The LA County “Health Officer Order for Annual Influenza Vaccination Programs for Healthcare Personnel or Masking of Health Care Workers during the Influenza season” (Order) remains in effect for the 2017-2018 Influenza Season. This Order mandates that all health care personnel and other staff, including volunteers, in acute care hospitals, long term care facilities, and intermediate care facilities in LA County be vaccinated against influenza or wear a protective mask from November 1 through March 31 or longer if the influenza season has not yet ended. The 2017 continuation of the Order and related resources can be accessed on the DPH Influenza Information for Providers website.
- The State of California requires that children <3 years of age and pregnant women, be immunized with vaccines containing restricted amounts of thimerosal, a preservative in some vaccines. Therefore, vaccines contained in multi-dose vials should not be used to vaccinate pregnant women & children less than 3 years of age.
- Providers are encouraged to contact the DPH Immunization Program (213-351-7800) with any questions.