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Vaccine News Alert

September/October 2022

Submitting Vaccine Orders and Provider Agreements

Please do not submit VFC/VFA vaccine orders or VFC/VFA provider agreements directly to your VA Vaccine Quality Assurance (VVQA) regional consultant. All vaccine orders and provider agreements must be reviewed through and approved by the Division of Immunization (DOI) Order Center. Sending the documents directly to your regional consultant may create processing delays. All vaccine orders and provider agreements may be scanned and emailed or faxed directly to the DOI Order Center at or 804-864-8090.

Flu Vaccine is Available

The Southern Hemisphere has been experiencing an unusual surge in flu cases early this season and experts say the same could happen in the United States later this year.
The recommended timing of vaccination is similar to last season. For most people who need only one dose for the season, September and October are generally good times to get vaccinated. Vaccination in July and August is not recommended for most adults but can be considered for some groups. While ideally it’s recommended to get vaccinated by the end of October, it’s important to know that vaccination after October can still provide protection during the peak of flu season.
Flu vaccines can be given at the same time as other vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.
Contact Susan Kocen for information on which brands are available now. (

Vaccine Information Statement (VIS)

Federal law (under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act) requires a healthcare professional to provide a copy of the current VIS to an adult patient or to a child’s parent/legal representative before vaccinating an adult or child with a dose of the following vaccines: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), influenza, pneumococcal conjugate, meningococcal, rotavirus, human papillomavirus (HPV), or varicella chickenpox.

Holiday Preparations

Vaccine shipments from McKesson will be HELD:
  • November 8th Election Day
  • November 11th Veterans Day
  • November 23-25 Thanksgiving
  • December 19th-30th Winter Holiday Season
Orders entered by noon on December 9th should arrive before the break.
The Order Center will not enter direct-ship orders to avoid deliveries from Merck during these time periods. However, a few direct-shipments might arrive from Merck since they cannot be held as done with refrigerated vaccines shipped by McKesson. Providers should indicate any changes to routine hours on the order form and should order vaccine mindful of their Holiday closures.

Sample Medicaid/MCO/FAMIS Cards

CLICK the below for DMAS sample Medicaid/MCO/ FAMIS cards.

Gold Star Awards


July and August 2022

Outstanding VVFC Compliance
Franconia Pediatrics & Assoc., Alexandria
Metropolitan Pediatrics, Arlington
Seven Corners Pediatrics, Falls Church
Timber Way Health Center, Broadway

Process Improvement
Lewis-Gale Clinic, Salem
Recognized for team member verification/recheck of immunizations before administration.

Fort Chiswell Medical Center, Max Meadows
Recognized for educating on immunizations in areas with high vaccine hesitancy, and purchasing a generator to mitigate against vaccine loss due to power outages.

Adult Vaccine Update

Prepare for Flu Vaccine
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There is a NEW preferential flu vaccine recommendation for people aged 65 years and older. Older adults should receive a high-dose, adjuvanted, or recombinant flu vaccine.

Flu vaccines can be given at the same time as other vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.
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