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Next Flu Vaccine Will Be a One-Shot Deal Posted: March 29th, 2010

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new recommendations for the 2010-2011 flu vaccine. They include administering the annual influenza vaccination to everyone age 6 months and older.

Why New Flu Vaccine Recommendations?

The recommendations were voted on by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices at its February 2010 meeting in Atlanta. Many reasons for the new recommendations were put forth at the meeting, including the need to protect those between the ages of 19 and 49 (the population hit hardest by the 2009 H1N1 pandemic).

The group that those in "high risk" groups don't even realize they fall into the high risk category. As a result, they don't not believe the recommendations apply to them.

New data indicate that some who are not traditionally in the "high risk" category may have an increased chance of experiencing flu-related complications, including:

  • Post-partum women
  • Obese individuals
  • People in certain ethnic or racial groups

Making Flu Vaccination Easier

The vaccine composition for the 2010-2011 season includes the H1N1 vaccine, so only one shot is necessary. Most health insurance plans cover vaccinations.

The next flu season is expected to set a record for the highest number of vaccine doses ever produced. Wide availability, and the fact that less than half of those who should get vaccinated actually do, should mean there will plenty of doses available for those who want it.

Shannon Dauphin