August 18th, 2011
06:42 PM ET
More flu vaccine expected this year
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention anticipate more doses of the seasonal influenza vaccine will be available during this year's flu season compared to last year's.
"We are anticipating 166 million or so are likely to be produced this year, compared to 157 million last year," said Dr. Carolyn Bridges, the Associate Director for Adult Immunization with the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease.
However, recommendations for who should be vaccinated remain the same. The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices says all Americans older than six months of age should be vaccinated against the flu every year. The vaccine is typically offered as a single dose. Only young children between the age of six months and eight years old who have never been vaccinated against the flu, or whose vaccination status is unknown, require a second dose of the vaccine four weeks later, known as a booster.
This year people aged 65 and older may opt for a new, high dose form of the flu vaccine, known as Fluzone High-Dose. Although it will be available during the 2011 – 2012 influenza season, the CDC's Advisory Committee has not issued a formal recommendation that Fluzone High-Dose be used by older patients since it is relatively new and data about its efficacy is still being collected.
This season's vaccine is composed of the same influenza strains as last year's vaccine, including the 2009 H1N1 strain. Bridges estimates that 41% of American adults were vaccinated last year, including 63.5% of all health care professionals and 49% of pregnant women.
In a call with reporters, Bridges said making flu vaccinations convenient for health care personnel was a "key strategy" in increasing the amount of vaccine coverage of that population. She also said data from last year showed pregnant women were five times more likely to choose to be vaccinated if the vaccine was recommended by their doctor.
The CDC says the influenza vaccine should be readily available around the country by September. Flu season typically lasts from October to May of the following year. To learn more about influenza or to find where there are flu vaccines in your area, check out www.cdc.gov/flu.
soundoff (340 Responses)« Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6
Leave a Reply to cialis
About this blog
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.
pharmacy rx coupons best online pharmacy for cialis cvs pharmacy store near me
tadalafil troche buy cialis tadalafil peptide
apollo pharmacy online online cialis pharmacy rite aid pharmacy store hours
cialis promise program card generic cialis online overnight cialis egypt
side effects of cialis and grapefruits levitra vs cialis side effects super active cialis with no prescription
cialis without a rx price of cialis in nz walmart pharmacy cialis prices
chloroquinw bnf online nice hloroquine
tadalafil medication best research tadalafil tadalafil blood pressure
rx meaning in pharmacy rexall first canadian place pharmacy how to get canadian pharmacy to stop calling
does cialis help you last longer viagra,cialis india daily dose of cialis
cialis meme canadian cialis cialis delayed ejaculation
how much is cialis at walgreens generic cialis professional viagra cialis for sale
hydrochloroquin buy chloroquine online canada how to make hydroxychloroquine
buy cialis 36 hour online cialis dose cialis on the web
buy generic cialis generic cialis canadian pharmacy cialis reviews cialis 40 mg
medstore online pharmacy drugstore com online pharmacy prescription drugs health partners online pharmacy
generic cialis at walgreens walmart cialis difference between cialis and viagra
canadian pharmacy coupon code cipa certified canadian pharmacies canadian pharmacy 1
cialissuperactive com generic for cialis cialis blog
dui prescription drugs pharmacy on line Super ED Trial Pack
hydroxycloro aralen where to buy hcqs medicine
online drugstore pharmacy pharmacy checker canadian rx plus pharmacy sanford fl
rx one pharmacy llc u.s online pharmacy discount pharmacies
genaric cialis with dapoxetine discount cialis 20mg cialis sex pill
dapoxetine with cialis taking cialis and viagra together cialis online canadian pharmacy
viagra cialis generic cialis over the counter online cialis canada
erectile herbal supplements https://www.pharmaceptica.com/
how long does tadalafil last https://www.pharmaceptica.com/
malaria drug hydroxychloroquine https://www.pharmaceptica.com/
sildenafil no rx https://www.pharmaceptica.com/