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Video: Influenza Vaccine Recommended for More Americans Than Ever Before
Date:9/24/2008

- The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases brings together leading

health experts to urge annual flu vaccine for nearly 85 percent of

Americans - Some influenza vaccine is already available in the U.S. Enough vaccine will be available so that anyone who wants to decrease their risk of flu

can get vaccinated. - Survey finds many doctors not talking to patients about getting their flu

vaccines - Experts stress importance of pneumococcal vaccination for everyone 65

years of age and older

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Each year, influenza kills more people in the U.S. than all other vaccine-preventable diseases combined. With some vaccine supply already available and ample supply expected throughout the season, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and leading public health organizations are urging the public and the health care community to follow the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations -- which call on some 261 million Americans to be vaccinated against influenza each year.

To view the Multimedia News Release, go to: http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/nfid/34622/

The recently expanded recommendations, which now include annual influenza vaccination for all children from six months through 18 years of age, were strongly endorsed today by a panel of leading experts gathered at a news conference. The panelists also addressed the significant public health benefits of annual influenza vaccination and pneumococcal vaccination. NFID sponsored the event in collaboration with the National Influenza Vaccine Summit, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), AARP, American Medical Association (AMA) and Centers for Medicare and Medica
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