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Mayo Clinic Talks Episode 200: Influenza Vaccine: Nurses Call the Shots

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Episode 2006: Influenza Vaccine: Nurses Call the Shots

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Recorded October, 2020

Robert M. Jacobson, M.D.

This year, more than any other will be extremely important for our patients to receive the influenza vaccine. Influenza is similar to COVID-19 in that they are both respiratory viruses. However, at this time, we do have a vaccine for influenza. In previous years, less than half of the population has received the vaccine for influenza. Our guest for this podcast is Dr. Robert Jacobson, a pediatrician and vaccine specialist at the Mayo Clinic. We discuss the reasons it’s so important for our patients to receive the influenza vaccine for 2020/2021 and whether we experience lower immunity in the Spring if we receive the influenza vaccine too early in the previous year. We also discuss some of the common reasons patients give us for not wanting the vaccine and whether there is any truth to their concerns. Finally, we review proven techniques we can use to increase the rates our patients receive the influenza vaccine.
Specific topics discussed:
•    Importance of the influenza vaccine for our patients in 2020/2021 
•    How and when the influenza vaccine is developed for the next influenza season 
•    Why we need an influenza vaccine on an annual basis 
•    The best time of the year to receive the influenza vaccine 
•    Whether we lose some immunity to influenza if we receive the vaccine too early in the year 
•    Which vaccine should be given to those 65 years and older 
•    Common myths surrounding the influenza vaccine 
•    Predictions for the severity of influenza for 2020/2021 

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In support of improving patient care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

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  • 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 0.25 Attendance


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