CDC provides annual recommendations for use of seasonal flu vaccine, releases Vaccine Information Statements

August 27, 2014

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has released its recommendations for use of seasonal flu vaccine in 2014. Updates from 2013’s annual report include information regarding the composition of this year’s vaccine: the 2014-15 trivalent vaccine provides protection against a type A California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus, a type A Texas/50/2012 (H3N2)-like virus, and a type B Massachusetts/2/2012-like (Yamagata lineage) virus. The quadrivalent vaccine will protect against these three strains as well as a type B Brisbane/60/2008-like (Victoria lineage) virus.

In this report, the ACIP also reiterates that “routine annual vaccination is recommended for all persons aged ≥6 months who do not have contraindications” such as egg or chicken allergies, or a history Guillain-Barre syndrome. The committee also stresses that vaccination should occur soon after the vaccine is available and preferably by October. It should continue as long as the flu is circulating.

Additionally, the CDC has released its 2014-15 official Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) regarding influenza. This publication also includes some important points about why it is important to get vaccinated.

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