Manufacturers are shipping influenza vaccine for the 2012-13 seasonal influenza season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
CDC reports little flu activity so far but recommends vaccinating patients as soon as the vaccine is available. It recommends an annual influenza vaccination for all individuals at least 6 months old. It recommends two doses of influenza vaccine for children aged 6 months through 8 years, depending on their vaccination history.
The annual vaccine is especially important for certain groups who are at higher risk of developing serious complications, including:
- People who have certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease;
- Pregnant women;
- People 65 years and older, and
- People who live with or care for others who are high risk of developing serious complications.
An estimated 46 percent of people who were older than 6 months received vaccinations last year. Coverage during the 2011-12 season slightly increased compared with the previous season.
If you attend TMA's 2012 Fall Conference, make sure to stop at the influenza vaccine clinic, Saturday, Oct. 20, from 7:30-8:45 am at the AT&T Center in Austin. You can make sure you are protected against influenza so you can protect your patients. Register for an influenza shot ($25) or nasal-spray vaccine ($40) on the conference website.
Action, Sept. 17, 2012