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Report: Preparedness steps hedge against busy flu seasons

January 15, 2013
by Lisa Schnirring
CIDRAP

 

Jan 15, 2013 (CIDRAP News) - Low demand for flu vaccine in previous years could limit the supply of vaccine, leaving the nation unprepared for a year when levels are higher, according to a new analysis of flu vaccine trends and policies by Trust for America's Health (TFAH), a nonprofit health advocacy group based in Washington, D.C.

The TFAH report, posted today on its Web site, cited numbers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which show that over the past two flu seasons fewer than half of Americans were vaccinated against flu. As of November 2012, this season's vaccine uptake was similar to the same period in 2011, about 36.5% for Americans ages 6 months and older, TFAH said, citing CDC estimates.

 

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