The CDC shares ACIP’s recommendations regarding the prevention and control of seasonal influenza with vaccines for the 2017-2018 season.
With the 2016-2017 flu season officially over, flu activity is low in the United States. In order to match circulating flu viruses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated the vaccine for the next flu season.
In the meantime, last week, the CDC shared Advisory Committee Immunization Practices recommendations regarding the prevention and control of seasonal influenza with vaccines for the 2017-2018 season.
Based on discussions during ACIP meetings held over the past year, just as the vaccine has been updated, the new report provides updates to the 2016-2017 recommendations as well.
For the 2017-2018 season the committee shares that:
The updated recommendations include the following:
Routine annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all individuals 6 months of age and older who do not have contraindications. The committee recommended that individuals should be vaccinated before the onset of flu activity in the community, and that vaccinations should be offered before the end of October and continue to be offered as long as influenza viruses are circulating and unexpired vaccine is available.