Navigation Links
Virtually Everyone Should Get a Flu Shot: CDC

The recommendation will take effect for the next influenza season ,,

THURSDAY, Feb. 25 (HealthDay News) -- All Americans 6 months of age and older should get a flu shot each year, a panel of U.S. advisers is recommending.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted Wednesday to expand the current recommendations on who should get a flu shot to include almost everyone.

Already, "the recommendations as they stood before the vote included 85 percent of all Americans," noted CDC spokesman Richard Quartarone.

The new recommendation will take effect for the 2010-11 flu season, he said.

Part of the reason the committee decided to expand the recommendation was to remove confusion about who did and who did not need to be vaccinated, Quartarone said.

He said that patients and doctors were often not sure whether a flu shot was appropriate, and physicians would have to question patients to determine whether he or she needed a shot.

Now there should be no confusion, Quartarone said: "There is general consensus that it is important for everyone to get vaccinated against the flu."

Some people remain at higher risk for flu complications, including people 65 and older, pregnant women, and people with certain chronic medical conditions, such as asthma and heart disease, according to the CDC.

These people, "their household and close contacts, and all health care personnel should continue to be a primary focus for vaccination efforts as providers and programs transition to routinely vaccinating all people 6 months of age and older," the agency said.

The current H1N1 swine flu pandemic also played a part in the committee's decision, Quartarone said. Next season's flu vaccine will include the H1N1 strain, he said.

Because the H1N1 flu affected a disproportionate number of children and younger adults, including the swine flu strain in the vaccine will help protect them, the CDC spokesman said.

"This is a practical recommendation to make it easier for people to get vaccinated," Quartarone said. "It reduces illnesses, potentially saves lives --the vote was almost unanimous," he said.

The CDC will encourage all American to follow these recommendations, Quartarone said.

More information

For more on flu, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCE: Richard Quartarone, spokesman, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Major missed biochemical pathway emerges as important in virtually all cells
2. MAKE IT FIT(TM) Offers Virtually Free Fitness Service to All Mississippi Residents on Make Mississippi Fit Day
3. Female genital mutilation among Israels Negev Bedouins has virtually disappeared -- BGU study
4. Make It Fit America Inc. Offers Virtually Free Fitness Service on Make Indiana Fit Day
5. Promoting Quality Healthcare for Everyone
6. FORGET THE JONESES, This is All About Keeping up With the Walkers as the Los Angeles Jewish Home Sends Out an Invite to Everyone Named Walker in the United States
7. DentaBurst(TM) Freshening Teeth Cleaners Launches Outshine Everyone Video Contest
8. Despite popularity, researcher finds not everyone can successfully learn through online courses
9. Who is Your RD? To Mark First Registered Dietitian Day, American Dietetic Association Urges Everyone to Start Having an Annual Nutrition Checkup
10. Smart Circle International, LLC Launches Its National Health and Wellness Network Complimentary 1/2-Hour Massage for Everyone
11. AIDS Action Urges Everyone to Help End the AIDS Epidemic by Being Part of the Search for an HIV Vaccine
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... 25, 2015 , ... Since its launch in 2012, the ... stem cell therapies to patients with chronic degenerative medical conditions. Now, the U.S. ... Trademark (RTM). , Organizations are required to hold a registered trademark in order ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 25, 2015 , ... Students and ... were awarded to winners of the Create Real Impact awards. California Casualty ... to help stem the tide of distracted and reckless driving, the number one killer ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... 25, 2015 , ... Bunion Bootie , the newest ... of the early holiday shopping season. Starting Wednesday November 25th, Bunion Booties are ... Friday promotional pricing is in addition to any automatic discounts applied when buying ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... monitoring. Their Care Plan software creates an agreement between the practice owner ... plan, including financial, scheduling, monitoring, notification, and projections. Click here ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... Eric C. Seidel, ... many benefits of the revolutionary BIOLASE WaterLase iPlus 2.0™ system. This advanced laser ... used by a dentist in Gettysburg, PA . From routine visits to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... Research and Markets ( ) has ... Global Forecast to 2020" report to their offering. ... 37.21% of the total market share in 2014. The ... is projected to growth at the highest CAGR between ... to the fast growing water, industrial gas treatment, pharmaceutical, ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , Frankreich, November 25, 2015 ... bekanntgegeben, dass sie eine Lizenz für das Patent über ... CNRS, UCBL und ENS-Lyon innehaben, an Enyo Pharma vergeben ... FUI AAP8 ins Leben gerufenen und von Edelris gemeinsam ... FXR als ein Behandlungsziel für HBV identifiziert, und es ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... November 25, 2015 ... addition of the  "Global Drug Device ... to their offering.  --> ... of the  "Global Drug Device Combination ... their offering.  --> Research ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: