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CDC Recommends Seasonal Flu Vaccination for Children Over 6 Months and Healthcare Workers

Aug 21, 2009

CDC "strongly" recommends that healthcare workers receive the seasonal flu vaccine.
In contrast to last year, when seasonal flu shots for those between 6 months and 18 years were "encouraged," this season it's a "full-out recommendation," according to Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC's center for
immunization. The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) simultaneously released its recommendations for seasonal influenza online in MMWR.

During a recent press briefing, the agency also "strongly" recommends that healthcare workers receive the seasonal vaccine. In addition, she expects that "when [novel] H1N1 vaccine recommendations come out, it's very, very likely healthcare workers will be in that group that ought to get vaccines as well."