Adult Influenza Vaccine Initiative

Adult Flu Vaccine Initiative

As you continue to work amidst the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, you may be evaluating opportunities to expand services and increase patient care.

As a result of low adult influenza immunization coverage rates, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Adult Influenza Vaccine Initiative is providing a one-time-only allocation of adult influenza vaccine doses to target high-risk populations disproportionately affected or at risk for COVID-19 infection. Targeting these high-risk populations will help decrease the chances of contracting both influenza and COVID-19 simultaneously.

Target Population

The Adult Influenza Vaccine Initiative aims to provide influenza immunizations at no-cost to Texas healthcare providers. Through the Adult Influenza Vaccine Initiative, the influenza immunization will be made more widely available for populations who are high-risk for complications from respiratory diseases like influenza, COVID-19 and other novel respiratory illnesses. 
High-risk populations include, but are not limited to:

  • Staff and patients in long-term care facilities
  • Adults with underlying conditions
  • African Americans and other minority groups disproportionately impacted by influenza
  • Adults who are part of the critical infrastructure, including:
    • Health care professionals
    • First responders
    • Grocery store workers, manufacturing and food plant workers

Benefits of the Adult Influenza Vaccine Initiative

As an Adult Influenza Vaccine Initiative provider, you gain a variety of benefits including:

  • Influenza vaccine supplied to you at no cost.
  • Training and education are provided for your staff at no cost.
  • Access to a free automated vaccine ordering and reporting system.
  • Ability to provide vaccines to your patients who may not otherwise have access to them.

The Texas Immunization Registry, ImmTrac2

When you become an Adult Influenza Vaccine Initiative provider, you will be required to enroll in the Texas Immunization Registry, ImmTrac2, where it will be imperative for providers to report vaccine doses and usage accurately and in a timely manner. A crucial component of this initiative is to also promote the registry among adults and encourage consent for ImmTrac2.  These activities will be vital in the monitoring and tracking of current adult vaccinations, as well as for initiating the building blocks for shipping, allocating, and reporting the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available. 
To enroll in ImmTrac2, visit the following website for more information: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/immunize/immtrac/.

Provider Enrollment

If you are not enrolled in the Adult Influenza Vaccine Initiative, please consider enrolling. The process is simple:
1. Complete enrollment and obtain your ImmTrac2 Organization Code.
2. Complete Module 10 of the CDC You Call the Shots Training and submit Certificates of Completion.
3. Complete the Adult Influenza Vaccine Initiative Provider Agreement form.
4. Agree to screen for patient eligibility and maintain screening records.
5. Agree to maintain vaccine safety and inventory.

Contacting the Adult Influenza Vaccine Initiative

Contact the nearest DSHS Public Health Region  or email: AdultFluProgram@dshs.texas.gov.

Additional Resources

Last updated September 14, 2020