Flu Vaccination: ACIP's Recommendations for 2013–2014 — Physician’s First Watch

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September 20, 2013

Flu Vaccination: ACIP's Recommendations for 2013–2014

By Cara Adler

The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has published its recommendations for influenza vaccination for the 2013–2014 season in MMWR.

For the first time, both trivalent and quadrivalent vaccines will be available. Trivalent formulations include an H1N1-like A virus, an H3N2-like A virus, and a B/Massachusetts/2/2012-like virus. Quadrivalent formulations also include a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.

Since last year, the CDC has licensed six new flu vaccines (see link below). One of the new vaccines, a recombinant hemagglutinin formulation (RIV3; FluBlok), is an egg-free product and is an option for individuals aged 18 to 49 with egg allergy.

Reader Comments (2)

Jeanette Zaimes, M.D. Physician, Psychiatry, private practice

With the number of immuno- compromised patients in the word, anything that can help decrease the morbidity and mortality of the flu is worth the cost! If you think there aren't many of those at risk, think again. There are: transplant patients, autoimmune disease patients, including diabetics, CVID patients, other specific antibody deficiencies to name a few!

The vaacine doesn't just protect the one who gets it. It protects the rest of us!

Raffaele Di Cecco, MD Physician, Family Medicine/General Practice, Udine, Italy

I don't agree with the ACIP's recommendations about flu vaccination and I will not adopt them in my clinical activity.
There are robust literature publications that indicate the prevalent commercial aspect of this kind of vaccination. Furthermore available good, independent literature suggest the little clinical effectiveness of flu vaccination.
Finally I believe that strong ethical reasons must be considered when such economic effort is dedicated to a procedure so expensive in a moment of economic constraints.

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