CDC Releases Flu Vaccine Priority List
September 9, 2005 -- Federal health officials are urging doctors and other health officials to give the first batch of flu vaccine to people at highest risk for complications from influenza. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that at least 75 million doses will be needed to meet the demand this fall and winter.
The CDC recommends that people receive vaccination during October and November before the flu season starts. After Oct. 24, flu shots can be given to anyone as long as supplies last. Last year the United States experienced a shortage of the vaccine. Priority groups identified by the CDC include: people 65 and older; people who have underlying health conditions such as heart disease, asthma, diabetes, and other chronic ailments; pregnant women; children ages 6 months to 24 months; health care personnel who give direct patient care; and residents of long-term care facilities.
An Institute of Medicine report, Microbial Threats to Health: Emergence, Detection, and Response, describe ways in which the United States and the global community can become better prepared to recognize and effectively respond to emerging diseases.