Status Of Viral Influenza Activity This Season – Part 2 of 3
Schuchat believes that all Americans, except children under 6 months of age, should get a flu shot. “I strongly support people to get vaccinated to make sure you’re protected and to make sure your children are protected too”. Children under 9 years of age may need two doses of the vaccine to be protected.
Many Americans may be heeding the CDC’s vaccination notice this year. “We are encouraged by the number of people who have already received the flu vaccine”. According to an agency survey, as of mid-November about a third of Americans had already been immunized. Another 15 percent said they planned to get vaccinated and 25 percent said they undoubtedly would get vaccinated. That’s about the same as last year.
The highest proportion of people who have been vaccinated are those 65 and older, with about 64 percent of vaccinations occurring amidst seniors, according to the survey. In other CDC surveys, the agency found that 56 percent of health-care workers reported having gotten their flu shot. Another 7 percent representation to get vaccinated.
Among pregnant women – a group hit especially hard by H1N1 last flu season – 45 percent said they had already been vaccinated and another 4 percent said they planned on getting the shot. This year the vaccine is accessible at record levels, with more than 160 million doses already distributed.