The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated recommendations for the 2010-11 influenza season. The American Academy of Pediatrics is developing its influenza policy statement which will be available shortly. Highlights of the ACIP recommendations include:
- Routine influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons 6 months of age and older.
- Children 6 months to 8 years of age should receive 2 doses of a 2010–11 seasonal influenza vaccine (minimum interval: 4 weeks) during the 2010–11 influenza season if they meet the following criteria:
- vaccination status is unknown
- never received seasonal influenza vaccine before
- received seasonal vaccine for the first time in 2009–10 but received only 1 dose in their first year of vaccination
- did not receive at least 1 dose of an influenza A (H1N1) 2009 monovalent vaccine regardless of previous influenza vaccine history
- The 2010–11 trivalent vaccines will contain A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like, A/Perth/16/2009 (H3N2)-like, and B/Brisbane/60/2008-like antigens.
- Information about other standard-dose newly approved influenza vaccines and previously approved vaccines with expanded age indications.
For the entire report, please visit the CDC Web site.