Flu vac­ci­na­tions on pace for cur­rent sea­son, CDC says

Modern Healthcare - - Late News -

In­fluenza vac­ci­na­tions for health­care work­ers and the gen­eral pub­lic ap­pear to be oc­cur­ring at a sat­is­fac­tory pace for the cur­rent 2010-11 flu sea­son, say of­fi­cials for the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion. A CDC In­ter­net sur­vey, while not nec­es­sar­ily sta­tis­ti­cally valid, in­di­cates that more than half of health­care work­ers have been vac­ci­nated for this flu sea­son. And about four-fifths of that group re­ceived their vac­ci­na­tions through their em­ployer, Anne Schuchat, di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Cen­ter for Im­mu­niza­tion and Res­pi­ra­tory Dis­eases, said at a news brief­ing. A sep­a­rate tele­phone sur­vey found that by ap­prox­i­mately Nov. 7, 32.8% of peo­ple 6 months and older had been vac­ci­nated, ac­cord­ing to the CDC. Bro­ken down by age, 30.6% of those 6 months to 17 years old were vac­ci­nated, while 33.5% of adults had al­ready re­ceived a flu vac­ci­na­tion. More­over, CDC of­fi­cials say they are happy with the flu strains cho­sen to be in the vac­cine. “We do ex­pect the vac­cine to be a good match,” Schuchat said. The an­nounce­ments came as Na­tional In­fluenza Vac­ci­na­tion week was slated to be­gin Dec. 5.


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