Health care organizations urge vaccination and treatment for COVID and flu

Statement: American Academy of Family Physicians, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Academy of Physician Associates, American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Physicians, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Geriatrics Society, American Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association, Council of Medical Specialty Societies, Infectious Disease Society of America, and AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine

WASHINGTON November 21, 2022 – In view of the projected increase in cases of COVID-19 and influenza this fall and winter, America’s health care professional organizations are coming together to remind the public of the importance of vaccination and early treatment. A strong recommendation from a trusted physician is one of the most effective strategies for increasing vaccine use. We use every interaction our members have with patients as an opportunity to make strong vaccine recommendations, educate and answer questions about prevention and treatment options, encourage vaccination and provide vaccination where possible encourage for.

We strongly recommend that everyone who is eligible, especially those at high risk, receive their updated COVID-19 booster (or COVID-19 primary series if not yet vaccinated) and influenza vaccine. We expect the updated COVID-19 vaccine will help reduce severe illness, hospitalization and death for our most vulnerable patients, including older adults, the pregnant and recently pregnant, and those from historically minority communities people are involved. We call upon all physicians to be on the alert immediately and to prioritize vaccination in the coming months. To maximize the use of vaccines following consultation, our organizations will continue to advocate for access to vaccines and evidence-based treatments for all.

Given the higher morbidity and mortality in the elderly, those who are pregnant and recently pregnant, and the immunocompromised, we strongly recommend that health care professionals increase their timely access to effective therapies. Although new variants may not respond to some existing treatments, health care professionals should be ready and able to prescribe life-saving oral antiviral treatments for COVID-19 and influenza for those at highest risk. It is important that everyone, especially those at risk of severe disease, understand the importance of testing and have early communication with their physicians for treatment as soon as they test positive.

We are committed to continuing to work with federal partners to provide usable and consistent information and emerging evidence-based tools that we can rapidly advance to our members. Now is the time to act, and we stand ready to do everything we can to encourage the use of vaccinations and evidence-based therapies in the critical months ahead.

About American Academy of Family Physicians: Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 127,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the largest medical society devoted entirely to primary care. Family physicians conduct nearly one in five office visits—that’s 192 million visits annually, or 48 percent more than the next most-visited medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care to America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. The cornerstone of family medicine is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care. To learn more about the specialty and issues of family medicine and the AAFP’s position on clinical care, visit For information on health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s consumer website at

About American Association of Nurse Practitioners: American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It represents the interests of over 355,000 licensed NPs in the US. The AANP provides legislative leadership at the local, state, and national levels in advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP’s patients and other health care consumers. To locate an NP in your community, visit For more information about NP, visit

About American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA): AAPA is the national membership organization for all PAs (physician assistants/physician assistants). PAs are licensed physicians who practice medicine in every specialty and setting. Trusted, highly educated and trained health care professionals, PAs are dedicated to increasing access to care and transforming health and wellness through patient-centered, team-based medical practice. PAs have been named one of the Best Jobs Overall and one of the Best Health Care Jobs for the fifth year in a row by US News & World Report. The PA Profession Ranked 3rd In Best STEM Jobs This Year. Learn more about the profession at and engage via Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter,

about American College of Emergency PhysiciansThe American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is the national medical society representing emergency medicine. Through continuing education, research, public education, and advocacy, ACEP advances emergency care on behalf of its 40,000 emergency physician members, and the more than 150 million people they treat on an annual basis. For more information, visit and

About American College of Physicians: The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization in the United States, with members in more than 145 countries worldwide. ACP membership includes over 160,000 internal medicine physicians, related subspecialists, and medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is the nation’s leading association of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of 60,000 members, ACOG strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice, and continues the education of its members promotes patient education, and raises awareness among its members and the public. About the changing issues facing women’s health care.,

about American Geriatrics Society, Founded in 1942, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a nationwide, nonprofit society of geriatric health professionals dedicated to improving the health, independence, and quality of life of older people. Our 6,000+ members include geriatricians, geriatric nurse practitioners, social workers, family physicians, physician assistants, pharmacists, and internists who are leaders in advanced-illness care for older persons, working to champion interprofessional teams, achieve individualized care goals focus on achieving their goals, and treating older people as whole persons. AGS believes in a just society, where we are all supported and able to contribute by communities where ageism, ableism, classism, homophobia, racism, sexism, xenophobia, and other forms of prejudice and discrimination no longer affect health care access, quality do not affect and consequences for older adults and their caregivers. AGS advocates for policies and programs that support the health, independence and quality of life of all of us as we age.

About American Medical Association: The American Medical Association is a powerful ally of physicians in patient care. As the only medical association that convenes 190+ state and specialty medical societies and other important stakeholders, the AMA represents physicians with a unified voice for all major players in health care. The AMA leverages its strengths by removing barriers to patient care, taking the lead in preventing chronic disease and addressing public health crises, and shaping the future of medicine to address the greatest challenges in health care. moves forward.

About American Osteopathic Association: The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) represents more than 178,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages and funds scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for the DO; and is the accrediting agency for colleges of osteopathic medicine. Visit to learn more about DOs and the osteopathic philosophy of medicine.

about Council of Medical Specialty Societies, The Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) is a coalition of 50 specialty societies representing more than 800,000 physicians in the home of medicine. As the national organization of specialty societies, CMSS provides an active forum for specialties to assess and address emerging issues that affect the future of healthcare and the patients we serve.

About the Infectious Diseases Society of America: The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is a community of more than 12,000 physicians, scientists, and public health experts who specialize in infectious diseases. It aims to improve the health of individuals, communities and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health and prevention related to infectious diseases. Learn more at

about AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine is the only medical specialty society that represents a community of over 50,000 medical directors, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other physicians working in various post-acute and long-term settings. represents. Term Care (PALTC) Settings. Dedicated to defining and improving quality, we advance our mission through timely professional development, evidence-based clinical guidance, and tireless support on behalf of members, patients, families, and staff. Visit for more information.

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