For Our Providers

Coronavirus Guidance and Resources for Our Providers

Spotlight News 9.22.20:
Preparing Your Practice for Flu Season

This fall-and-winter flu season will be unlike any before it, since not only will flu viruses be spreading, but so will COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has worked with flu-vaccine manufacturers to produce extra vaccine for this flu season, with manufacturers already beginning to distribute it. Practices are strongly encouraged to order their flu vaccines now, and to make sure all staff members get vaccinated.

It’s also more important than ever this year to promote patient flu vaccination, since a healthcare professional’s recommendation can strongly affect whether a patient chooses to get vaccinated.

For CDC guidance on this season’s flu vaccines, flu testing and antivirals:

For flu-vaccine product availability and ordering information from the NC Immunization Branch:

NCDHHS Updates

The NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has shared informational resources to deal with the new realities of treating patients with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19. Links to those resources we feel may be most useful to our partner practices appear in the date-organized list below.

Other trusted sources for information and updates, all of whom have devoted large portions of their websites to COVID-19: the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and Vidant Health.

Medical Volunteering

The American Medical Association (AMA) has posted a set of guidelines for physicians and other medical professionals wanting to assist communities across the country being hit hardest by COVID-19. The AMA resource includes both a list of opportunities for volunteering, including embattled states directly asking for medical assistance with the influx of confirmed cases and related hospitalizations, as well as important factors that potential volunteers should weigh prior to signing up to help.