CDC expands flu vaccine coverage through age 18

September 29, 2008

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have expanded their recommendation for flu vaccination coverage to include all patients ages 6 months through 18 years.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have expanded their recommendation for flu vaccination coverage to include all patients ages 6 months through 18 years.

The CDC recommends that this update to vaccination coverage should begin before or during the 2008–09 influenza season if feasible, but no later than during the 2009–10 influenza season.

Vaccination of all children ages 5 to 18 years is a new Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendation. The CDC report stated that recommendations for children and adolescents at high risk for influenza complications have not changed. These patients should continue to be a focus of vaccination efforts as providers and programs transition to routinely vaccinating all children and adolescents, the CDC stated.