At CCA we are highly committed to working with our provider partners to promote wellness and preventative health initiatives. This flu season, we want to strengthen with our partnership with our providers in encouraging our members to get the flu shot.
CCA members want to know about the flu shot from their primary care provider (PCP)
Recent focus group discussions revealed that:
- CCA members want consistent yearly reminders to receive a flu vaccine, in the form of letters/emails from their PCPs.
- CCA members want accurate information on vaccines from their most trusted source: their PCP.
- CCA members want to understand the common side effects of the flu shot. They want to overcome misinformation: e.g., the common misconception that the flu shot causes the flu.
- CCA members want to understand the benefits of getting the flu shot and their potential risk without the vaccine.
- CCA members want to understand how the flu vaccine works.
At CCA, we endeavor to:
- Ask: open-ended questions about member hesitancy to vaccination and address the sources of information that promote their hesitancy
- Understand: the reason for member fears or doubts that lead to their hesitancy in a compassionate and unbiased way
- Inform: for shared decision-making through identified misinformation or lack of information
To reduce the potential for serious illness from influenza, CCA is advocating and promoting vaccination for some specific member groups:
- Members who are historically unvaccinated over the age 85 and under the age of 50
- Members who are Latinx or from a community of color
In addition to the flu shot, CCA continues to support and advocate for its network providers to consider member eligibility and appropriateness for the COVD-19 primary series vaccination as well as for the latest COVID-19 booster opportunity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers that an individual is “up to date” regarding COVID-19 vaccination after completing a primary vaccine series and receiving the most recent CDC-recommended booster.
On September 1, 2022, in response to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorization, the CDC director endorsed the CDC advisory committee on immunization practices (ACIP) recommendation for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna Omicron-variant augmented boosters. These boosters are formulated to better protect the community from the most recently circulating COVID-19 variants.
If your office is NOT administering flu or COVID-19 vaccines, please encourage your patients to go to their local pharmacies or available community flu clinics.
For CCA members, transportation is covered for medical appointments and vaccinations at no charge. To schedule a ride, call 866-610-2273.