CDC Updates Flu Vaccine Recommendations for the Upcoming Flu Season

Aug 19, 2011, 2:27 PM, Posted by NewPublicHealth

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has updated 2011-2012 flu vaccine recommendations. The CDC held a telephone media briefing this week to discuss some key issues for the upcoming flu season:

  • Flu vaccination is recommended for all people age six months and older.
  • Even people that got a flu vaccine last year should get vaccinated again this year. Levels of protective antibodies against influenza viruses decline over the course of the year, particularly in elderly and people with compromise immune systems.
  • Immunization of healthcare personnel is at 63.5 percent, well below the Healthy People 2020 goal of 90 percent; offering worksite vaccination increases coverage. View the full report here.
  • Under half of all pregnant women in the U.S. were vaccinated against the flu last year, as of January 2011. The vaccine can protect both pregnant women and the babies born to them up to six months old. That’s important because babies don’t receive the flu vaccine until 6 months. A survey by CDC found that pregnant women are more likely to get a flu shot if their health care provider offers it. View the full report here.

The CDC offers more resources on the flu here.

Weigh in: What is your community or organization doing to get ready for the flu season?

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.