The remaining supply of influenza vaccine that is expected to be available in the
Because of this urgent situation, CDC, in coordination with its Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP), is issuing interim recommendations for influenza vaccination during the 2004-05 season. These interim recommendations were formally recommended by ACIP on
Who Should Be Vaccinated With the Flu Shot This Season
Priority groups for vaccination with inactivated influenza vaccine this season are:
All children aged six months to 23 months
Adults aged 65 years and older
Persons aged two years to 64 years with underlying chronic medical conditions
All women who will be pregnant during influenza season
Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities
Children six months to 18 years of age on chronic aspirin therapy
Health-care workers with direct patient care, and
Out-of-home caregivers and household contacts of children aged younger than six months
Other Vaccination Recommendations
Healthy persons who are five years to 49 years of age and not pregnant, including health-care workers (except those who care for severely immunocompromised patients in special care units) and persons caring for children aged less than six months should be encouraged to be vaccinated with intranasally administered live, attenuated influenza vaccine.
Persons in priority groups identified above should be encouraged to search locally for vaccine if their usual health-care provider does not have vaccine available.
Many children aged less than nine years require two doses of vaccine if they have not previously been vaccinated. All children at high risk of complications from influenza, including those aged six to 23 months, who present for vaccination should be vaccinated with a first or second dose, depending on vaccination status. However, doses should not be held in reserve to ensure that two doses will be available. Rather, available vaccine should be used to vaccinate persons in priority groups on a first come first serve basis.
Vaccination of Persons in Non Priority Groups
Persons who are not included in one of the priority groups above should be informed about the urgent vaccine supply situation and asked to forego or defer vaccination.
Who Should Not Get Flu Vaccine
People in the following groups should not get flu vaccine before talking with their doctor:
People who have a severe allergy (i.e. anaphylactic allergic reaction) to hens' eggs
It is prudent to avoid vaccination in people who previously developed Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) the six weeks after getting a flu shot.
For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/flu or call the National Immunization Hotline at (800) 232-2522 (English), (800) 232-0233 (Español), or (800) 243-7889 (TTY).