The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has released its 2010 recommendations for the prevention and control of influenza. In 2009, annual flu vaccination was recommended for high-risk groups; routine vaccination of healthy nonpregnant adults aged 19-49 years was not recommended. The 2010 recommendations expand routine influenza vaccination to all persons aged 6 months and older, including healthy nonpregnant adults aged 19-49 years, and provide information regarding recently approved vaccines (Fluzone High-Dose, Fluarix, and Afluria).
The CDC now recommends two doses of seasonal influenza vaccine in children aged 6 months to 8 years who have not been previously vaccinated, who only received one dose of influenza vaccine in their initial year of immunization, or who did not receive influenza A (H1N1) 2009 monovalent vaccine (regardless of other influenza vaccine history). It is also noted that the seasonal influenza vaccine now includes the A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus (derived from a 2009 pandemic influenza A [H1N1] virus), eliminating the need for a separate 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1) vaccination.
The FDA has approved the vaccines for the 2010-2011 influenza season. Vaccination should be given as soon as the 2010-2011 seasonal influenza vaccine is available. If the 2010 seasonal vaccine is delayed, monovalent H1N1 2009 vaccine may still be of use. For more influenza information, see the CDC website.