"The CDC continues to stress that the single best way to prevent the flu is to receive an annual flu vaccination," said Dr. Greenberg. "Patients should work with their health care providers to find the best vaccine option for them this season."
Direct shipments to health care providers and distributors will be ongoing through October, with health care providers who have placed reservations with Sanofi Pasteur receiving initial shipments by the end of August to support fall immunization campaigns.
Health care providers wishing to reserve vaccine can do so by visiting www.vaccineshoppe.com or by calling 1-800-VACCINE (1-800-822-2463). Members of the public seeking a specific vaccine option, such as Fluzone High-Dose vaccine, Fluzone Intradermal vaccine, or Fluzone Quadrivalent vaccine, can search for local providers at www.Fluzone.com.
Influenza is a serious respiratory illness that is easily spread and can lead to severe complications, even death. Each year in the United States, up to 20 percent of the population gets the flu and, on average, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from influenza-related complications.[iii] Influenza seasons are unpredictable and can be severe. Depending on virus severity during the influenza season, annual deaths can range from a low of 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people.[iii] Combined with pneumonia, influenza is the nation's seventh leading cause of death.[iv] Vaccination is safe and effective and the best way to help prevent influenza and its complications.
Children six months through eight years of age who have not previously received two doses of influenza vaccine may require two doses of vaccine for the 2014-2015 influenza season and should consult with their health care provide
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