Flu vaccinations on pace for current season, CDC says
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.