Majority of adults plan for flu vaccine

A large majority of adults in the United States say they intend to be vaccinated against influenza this season.

Survey data presented by public health officials in Washington, D.C., showed that nearly two-thirds of adults plan to be vaccinated and 70 percent plan to have their children vaccinated, according to CIDRAP News.

Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently said that flu activity is at low levels and that the vaccine appears to be a good match for the strains that are prevalent. Frieden made the comments at a press conference hosted by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

Frieden went on to say that 90 million doses of the vaccine are currently available at outlets like pharmacies and doctor’s offices. Manufacturers are expected to produce a record 170 million doses in total for the upcoming season, CIDRAP News reports.

Dr. William Schaffner, the president of the NFID, also unveiled the results of a study that shows the repeat inclusion of last year’s three strains in this season’s vaccine does not appear to have altered parents’ intent to vaccinate their children.

According to the NFID, repeating flu vaccine strains have occurred only eight times in the last 42 years.