CDC says U.S. has ample influenza vaccine stockpiles

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that the United States currently has an ample supply of influenza vaccine for the upcoming flu season.

CDC Director Dr. Thomas Fieden said there are 90 million doses of vaccine available at doctor’s offices, walk-in clinics and pharmacies, and 170 million doses are expected to available in total, according to

Last year, 123 million doses of the vaccine were administered in the United States, a 16 percent increase from the previous flu season. Federal officials hope that the number only increases this year.

Dr. William Schaffner, the president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, said that people often resist getting the flu shot because of commonly held misperceptions, like those who believe it gives you the flu or that hand washing is equally effective.

"Our goal is to make annual influenza vaccination a no-brainer for Americans across all age groups," Schaffner said, reports.

The CDC recommends a flu shot for anyone over the age of six months, including pregnant women who can pass some immunity onto their newborns.

Health officials are predicting that this year’s prevalent strains will be the same as last years so the vaccine will be identical to the one issued in 2010 and include protection from H3N2, influenza B and H1N1.