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H1N1 (Swine) Flu Vaccination Information

CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met
July 29, 2009 to make recommendations on who should receive the new H1N1
vaccine when it becomes available.

While some issues are still unknown,
such as how severe the virus will be during the fall and winter months,
the ACIP considered several factors, including current disease
patterns, populations most at-risk for severe illness based on current
trends in illness, hospitalizations and deaths, how much vaccine is
expected to be available, and the timing of vaccine availability.

The groups recommended to receive the novel H1N1 influenza vaccine
include:

* Pregnant women because they are at higher risk of
complications and can potentially provide protection to infants who
cannot be vaccinated because younger infants are at higher risk of
influenza-related complications and cannot be vaccinated. Vaccination of
those in close contact with infants less than 6 months old might help
protect infants by “cocooning” them from the virus.

* Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel
because infections among healthcare workers have been reported and this
can be a potential source of infection for vulnerable patients. Also,
increased absenteeism in this population could reduce healthcare system
capacity; All people from 6 months through 24 years of age

* Children from 6 months through 18 years of age
because we have seen many cases of novel H1N1 influenza in children and
they are in close contact with each other in school and day care
settings, which increases the likelihood of disease spread, and

* Young adults 19 through 24 years of age because we
have seen many cases of novel H1N1 influenza in these healthy young
adults and they often live, work, and study in close proximity, and they
are a frequently mobile population; and, Persons aged 25 through 64
years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical
complications from influenza.

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