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Flu Vaccine Rates Are High for 2 Seasons in a Row

Flu vaccination rates remained high during the 2010-2011 flu season, according to data in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The 2010-2011 flu season marked the first time that the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended flu shots for everyone aged 6 months or older. It was also the first flu season after the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, which caused a run on flu vaccines. As a result, there was greater production of seasonal flu shots prepared for the 2010-2011 flu season. This year's flu vaccine protects against both the seasonal flu and H1N1.

And the record high achieved during the H1N1 swine flu pandemic was sustained during 2010-2011 but still falls shy of the goals set forth by the Healthy People 2020 plan, which aims to vaccinate 80% of people aged 6 months to 64 years, 90% of people aged 18 to 64 with high-risk conditions, and 90% of people aged 65 or older.
 
 

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