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CDC Update On Prevention/ Control of Influenza
Abstract & Commentary
By Stan Deresinski, MD, FACP, Clinical Professor of Medicine, Stanford, Associate Chief of Infectious Diseases, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, is Editor for Infectious Disease Alert.
Source: CDC. Prevention and control of influenza. Recommendations of the advisory committee on immunization practices (ACIP), 2007. MMWR. June 29, 2007 / 56:1-54. http://www.cdc.gov
Synopsis: Recommendations for the upcoming flu season from the CDC.
In anticipation of the 2007-2008 influenza season, The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) have updated their 2006 recommendations concerning the prevention and control of influenza.
Despite the yearly drumbeat, less than one-half of some at-risk groups receive influenza vaccination in the United States. These poorly served groups importantly include young children and adults at risk of complications of influenza virus infection, pregnant women, and health care workers.
No changes were made this year in the recommendations for chemoprophylaxis and therapy. In addition, the groups for whom vaccination is recommended have not changed (see Box). A number of significant updates, changes and emphases since last year's statement were, however, made: