Low Vaccination Rates, Gaps In Flu Policies Contribute To Vaccine Shortages, Other Preparedness Problems

January 15, 2013
by Anthony Kimmery
Homeland Security Today


A new study of flu vaccination trends and policies by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) found that fewer than half of Americans ages six months and older were vaccinated against the flu during the last two flu seasons (2010-11 and 2011-12).

“For the first time during the 2010-11 flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that all Americans ages six months and older receive the flu vaccine,” the Washington, DC-based public health advocacy organization said Tuesday in announcing the results of its study. “The historically low demand for seasonal flu vaccinations has contributed to limiting the supply of vaccine manufactured each year.


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